Akshay Kumar is one of those rare superstars who has been termed as a ‘mini box office’ in his own. Reports are he is signing Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Rowdy Rathore 2 and has hiked up his fees like never before. There was a time when he handled the box office on his own giving multiple hits back-to-back hits consistently.
Akshay who usually takes profits from his films, co-produce most of them ending up on a safer side. But when he charges upfront, it’s usually a huge sum because he comes with a guarantee of making a movie work at the box office.
A source close to the Asian Age quotes, “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 PadMan 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.”
Recently, Akshay shared his ‘Bachchan Pandey‘ look on Twitter, where he is seen in an enraged look and sporting a black “lungi” and a belt in his hand. The film is produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. It marks the tenth collaboration between Nadiadwala and Akshay. The duo earlier worked together in films like Heyy Babyy, Jaan-E-Mann, Waqt Humara Hai and the Houseful franchise.