Box Office success and fan following is what decides how much an actor will take back home. After news of Shahid Kapoor hiking his fees post path-breaking success of Kabir Singh fresh reports suggest now Akshay Kumar, who has been delivering back-to-back blockbusters, is on a roll.
According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the actor has decided to hike his fee to Rs 54 crore per film.
A trade source revealed to the newspaper, "Akshay is fond of the number nine. When he was working on Rowdy Rathore, he billed the makers for Rs 27 crore. But that was in 2012. Now, Akshay demands a cool Rs 54 crore and gets it too."
"Sanjay Leela Bhansali had bankrolled Rowdy Rathore, which was directed by Prabhudheva. And when Akshay shifted the release date of Pad Man last year to get a free run for Padmaavat at the box office, he jokingly asked Bhansali to promise him a sequel. And now that the sequel is happening, the makers realise that they will need to pay him exactly double for it," the insider added.
Co-incidentally, Forbes released their list of World's Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2019, and Akshay was the only Indian to feature on the list. The magazine reported that he earned a staggering 65 million USD (around Rs 444 crore) from June 2018-June 2019.
Leaving A-lister actors like Shah Rukh khan and Salman Khan behind Akki secured the 33rd spots with earnings of Rs 444 crore (USD 65 million). According to survey, Bollywood's top-earning star, Akshay "pulls in at least $5 million and up to $10 million per film." The actor also mints "millions for endorsement deals with over 20 brands."
Seems like he is in mood to tank his position on the coveted list.
On the work front, Akshay has a number of interesting projects in his kitty, including Jagan Shakti's Mission Mangal, Farhad Samji's Housefull 4, Raj Mehta's Good News, Raghava Lawrence's Laxmmi Bomb, Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi and Farhad Samji's Bachchan Pandey.