Tamil superstar Rajinikanth is touted as the highest paid actor in India. The Thalaiva, who usually charges more than Rs 80 crore per film, is only second to Jackie Chan in the list of highest paid actors in Asia.
Even in 2010, the Style Mannan was paid Rs 50 crore for Shankar's blockbuster Enthiran. Most Rajinikanth films ensure a record opening at the Box Office. However, his previous two films, Lingaa and Kochadaiiyaan were huge disasters at the Box Office.
Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan are the only two superstars in Bollywood who can be compared to Rajinikanth in terms of remuneration. Reportedly, both the Mujhe Shaadi Karoge actors used to charge Rs 35 crore to Rs 40 crore per film.
Post Veer though, all of Salman Khan films turned out to be Rs 100 crore hits at the Box office. But unlike Salman Khan and Rajinikanth, who does 1/2 films a year, Akshay Kumar's hit ratio is lesser than them, thanks to his 4-5 releases per year.
However, out of the last 10 Akshay Kumar starrers, except for Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobara, Boss, and Brothers, the remaining films have done decent business at the Box Office. The Khiladi Kumar also produced two Rs 100 crore hits at the Box Office with Holiday: A Soldier Is Never Off Duty and Airlift. The actor's last week release, Housefull 3 too will join the century club within next few days.
And now, according to the latest update arriving from Kollywood, Akshay Kumar has emerged as the highest paid actor in India as the actor has been paid a bomb for his Tamil debut in Shankar's upcoming mega-budget film, Enthiran 2, a sequel to 2010 blockbuster Enthiran.
While the exact figures are yet-to-be-revealed, it has been confirmed that Lyca Productions, the producers of Enthiran 2, who were initially planning to cast Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, have reportedly given Akshay Kumar a fatter paycheck than the film's hero, Rajinikanth.
A report in a leading entertainment daily also suggests the same.
Quite a historical Tamil debut for our Bollywood Khiladi in India's costliest film ever made.