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Nargis Fakhri signs 4 crore ad deal, enters big Bollywood league

Agencies  New Delhi, March 04, 2013
First Published: 14:24 IST(4/3/2013) | Last Updated: 15:12 IST(4/3/2013)

One-film-old Nargis Fakhri may not have made it big in Bollywood but the supermodel has certainly made a mark in the ad world. Reports reveal that the Czech-Pakistani actress has bagged a whopping 4 crore deal with a beauty brand.

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The actress who already has five brands in her kitty, seems to be pretty high up in the brand endorsement order as the amount she's charging is almost the same as Bollywood A-listers like Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra.

Nargis“It is a big amount no doubt and may come as a surprise but Nargis is fast becoming a popular beauty face in the brand world. The beauty company is said to be revamping and aggressively marketing and approached Nargis to endorse their line especially for young girls. The campaign and commercials are touted to be the best she’s done yet,” a source told Mid-Day.

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Fresh faces in Bollywood snatch endorsement deals from big stars
Out with the old and in with the new. This seems to be the new rule in  Bollywood’s endorsement market this year, with young stars being signed up in favour of seasoned actors, as faces of leading brands. While the past few years were undisputedly ruled by the Khans and top actresses such as Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra, this year, actors such as Parineeti Chopra, Imran Khan, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Ranveer Singh are the brandwagon favourites.

Parineeti, 24, who is only two films old, has four endorsements in her kitty — Kurkure, Nivea, Spinz and Maaza, and one more on the way. If earlier, Kurkure ads predominantly featured an older Juhi Chawla, now their ads show a much younger Parineeti and Kunal Kapoor.



While 27-year-old Ranveer Singh is all set to replace Hrithik Roshan as the face of clothing brand Provogue, Alia Bhatt, 19, who is one film old, is said to have replaced Priyanka Chopra as the face of beauty brand Garnier.

Varun Dhawan, 25, who debuted with Student Of the Year last year, is being considered to advertise Pepsi, and 47-year-old Salman Khan, too, has been replaced by Hrithik Roshan, 39, as the face Mountain Dew.

Maaza too, has roped in Imran Khan, apart from Parineeti.

Experts say that this is the first time that one or two-film-old actors are grabbing such plum deals. They say that while brands are cashing in on their freshness, it also helps them save costs.

While Priyanka Chopra charges between 4-5 crore per endorsement, Alia Bhatt comes in for less than half that price. “This is a golden period for newcomers such as Parineeti, Alia and Varun, as their portfolio seems to have shifted in terms of brand value. Earlier, one would need seven films to sign their first ad deal, but now one movie is enough to create demand in the market,” says Manish Porwal of Alchemist Marketing Solutions.

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Filmmaker Kunal Kohli says, “Brand owners see a long-term investment and they know these young stars are here to stay, and their pay is proportionate to what they bring to the table in terms of their popularity.”

A new favourite, actor Parineeti says, “I think our country’s audience is getting younger and there should be young faces to endorse products.”

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