Many from with the industry and trade were shocked when a section of the media reported Imran Khan‘s fee for his upcoming Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Againand forthcoming films as Rs. 11 crore. Not only did it seem unimaginable, considering the fact the actor has only been around for four years, but seemed unreasonable as Bollywood has just managed to find the winning formula of cost-effective production that is leading to money-spinners.
As it has turned out, the so-called ‘news’ is apparently untrue and even Imran is believed to be a tad amused.
“Imran is not getting 11 crores,” confirms a trade analyst. “It doesn’t even sound practical at all. Yes, his films have been faring very well with the urban youth and he is a hugely popular commodity with the classes but now he has to move into the mass 100 crore club!”
Some of those closely following his progress feel that after Mere Brother Ki Dulhan, Delhi Belly, I Hate Luv Storys, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu and Break Ke Baad, all profit-making ventures, Imran can afford to demand and command a hefty price.
“Of course he deserves a hike and a good one but 11 crores is asking for too much. He has a strong ethos like that of Aamir Khan. Even his mamu works in such a way that it benefits everyone instead of just him. He never hikes his price unreasonably,” the source continues while adding, “Yes, Imran is being paid much more than before. Whether it is Ekta Kapoor (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai 2), Vishal Bhardwaj (Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola) or Karan Johar (for Punit Malhotra’s next), everyone has hired him for a good price because he has worked hard and is disciplined. However the number is lower than 11 crores.”
Now why are we getting a deja vu of sorts when exactly a year back, there were talks of Kareena Kapoor demanding Rs. 8 crore for Heroine, something which was conveniently denied by all involved in quick time?