Akshay Kumar, also known as Bollywood’s mini box-office carries a lot of weight when it comes to the game of numbers. His latest Mission Mangal has become a huge hit by entering the 200 crore club and Housefull 4 is all set to blaze the existing box office records.
The interesting thing is Akshay Kumar being offered over 100 crores for a film. He has upcoming movies like Good Newwz, Sooryavanshi, Laxmmi Bomb, Prithviraj, and Bachchan Pandey. If this happens Akshay will break yet another record by becoming the highest-paid actor in Bollywood.
A source close to Bollywood Hungama revealed, “Vashu Bhagnani has approached Akshay Kumar to make a film with him. They met in London last month when Akshay was there with his family to celebrate three birthdays – his own, his son Aarav and daughter Nitara’s birthday (all of which are in September). He prolonged his stay in London to celebrate all the birthdays and met Vashu and Jackky who apparently, offered Akshay more than Rs. 120 crores!”
Th amount is not ‘much’ for Akshay because as per the similar source, “Apparently, when he is not producing a movie he charges Rs. 99 crore as that is said to be his lucky number so asking for more, considering his BO success is no big deal.”
When folks down at BH contact the person concerned Vashu Bhagnani, he said, “I stay in London now and yes, have met Akshay 3-4 times as I meet other actors who come there. I know him for over 20 years now. While we have never worked together, we have always had the thought that if we get a good script, we will definitely do it. Every producer is keen to work with a top star like Akshay Kumar and now my son Jackky is looking after the business. He will definitely be in touch with actors, directors and producers. Where the money part is concerned, it if offered only after the producer locks a script. Without a script no actor will talk. My son or the CFO of my production house first locks a script and then talks to an actor, so if script hasn’t been locked how can I approach him for a movie?”
Vashu also added, “Yes, everybody wants to work with stars like Akshay Kumar, Varun Dhawan, Ranveer Singh but first you require a good subject and if you have that, then the money is secondary and is given according to the actor’s market price, box-office value and other factors. No actor charges exorbitant fees now because it increases the budget and is ridiculous to pay them so much.”