Hrithik Roshan, whose Agneepath remake produced by Karan Johar went on floors last night, has been literally burning the midnight oil for his upcoming dance reality show, Just Dance, on Star Plus. The actor, despite having a muscle tear in his chest area, shot for 17 hours continuously to complete the promos for his debut as judge on the TV show which was earlier called Dance Olympic.
Roshan reported for shooting on Monday at 9 am, and wrapped at 2 am on Tuesday morning at a studio located in Malad. His schedule included rehearsals and the actual promo shoot. The actor, despite experiencing pain, continued to shoot. After a point, he consumed painkillers, and was also given a shot in his arm so that his pain was temporarily taken care of.
A close associate of the actor confirms the events, saying, “He was extremely co-operative. He didn’t want the teams from SOL Productions, the company producing the show, and Star Plus to reschedule the shoot because it would have meant a lot of monetary and other damages. He took his medicines, and completed everything he was supposed to.”
A source from the production house adds, “Hrithik was extremely professional. He didn’t let us cancel the shoot though we offered to do that because we were really concerned about his health. Since he understands the nuances of production, he decided to continue.”
The promo of Just Dance is expected to break in a few days. The show is likely to start around mid-2011 and will feature dancers from various countries. Reportedly, the channel and the production house approached Roshan Jr in the last quarter of 2010, just ahead of his year-end release, Guzaarish. The actor, acknowledged in the movies for his dance skills has apparently offered a fee of Rs 2 crore an episode.
If industry speculation is anything to go by, the show, which is expected to run into 56 episodes, will fetch Roshan anything between
Rs 90 and 112 crore, turning him into one of the highest paid Bollywood exports on TV. Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar, who were paid approximately between Rs 1.5 and Rs 1.75 crore for their shows, would rank second and third then.