I’m not being unreasonable: Akshay Kumar
Hiren Kotwani, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, January 18, 2011
First Published: 14:55 IST(17/1/2011)
Last Updated: 18:32 IST(18/1/2011)
Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan, that released on December 24, 2010, couldn’t sustain its flying start at the box office. Given that it made it to actor Akshay Kumar’s long list of flops, the question over his high work fee rose again. Industry guesstimates are that his Rs. 27 crore fee is
making it difficult for his movies to rake in the moolah for those involved in the distribution chain.
News is that the actor has now re-negotiated terms and conditions for his next co-productions to ensure that no one involved makes losses. It’s learnt that Kumar earlier charged his fees upfront as an actor in the co-productions.
“With Patiala House, he wants to rationalise costs. Twinkle Khanna is the producer, through his company, Hari Om Productions, which is making the film in association with T-Series. Akshay hasn’t charged his fee as an actor,” explains a well-placed insider, adding that Kumar, like any other producer, will have a share in the rights, the overflow and will also be the owner of his films’ negatives.
Our source asserts that the action star-producer-TV anchor is keen that everyone associated with his films makes money. “Akshay will take his due remuneration after the film recovers its cost, and his share will be proportional to the earnings,” adds our source.
Cost under check
When asked, Kumar clarifies that his plans of making a movie with Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures are on. Dismissing reports that the deal fell through due to his exorbitant fee, and suggestions of selling the movie to a corporate house on completion, Kumar says, “I’m not an unreasonable person who’ll want losses for his associates. I’m ensuring that the production cost is under check.”
Prod him some more and he says that too much has been said about his remuneration. “I’ll be co-producing the film with Ekta. That’s how I bring my viability as an actor to this movie, and all the others I’m working on,” says Kumar, who will be co-producing Joker with Farah Khan and Shirish Kunder.