Baahubali 2: Prabhas wasn’t the highest-paid artiste in the film. Surprised, are you?
You will be surprised to know that in SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali franchise (Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion), Prabhas wasn’t the highest-paid artiste. It was SS Rajamouli.
SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has created history in more ways than one—the most staggering being the breaching of the Rs 1000-crore mark. There has been a lot of chatter about the film, one of them being about its lead actor Prabhas rejecting a Rs 18-crore brand endorsement deal. There has also been some talk about him being the highest paid among the cast and crew of the Baahubali franchise.
However, it has come to light that Prabhas did not get the highest remuneration. It was director SS Rajamouli. This is in stark contrast to Bollywood, where the male lead and its principal star romps home with a bulk of the remuneration paid to all artistes.
It has been reported earlier that the second part of the film was made at an estimated budget of Rs 250 crore, the first having been made at an estimated sum of Rs 180 crore.
According to a Times Now report, SS Rajamouli walked away with the biggest pay package which stood at Rs 28 crore. Here’s what the other actors got.
Prabhas, the man who has captured the collective imagination of the nation, was paid Rs 25 crore. He was the highest paid among the cast of Baahubali. The five-year wait and worldwide exposure have only been the icing on the cake.
The Ghazi actor, who came in for much praise for his role as Bhallaladheva in the films, was paid Rs 15 crore for his devilish act.
Anushka Shetty & Tamannaah Bhatia
The two female leads, Anushka Shetty, who played Devasena, and Tamannaah Bhatia, who played Avanthika, took home a cheque of Rs 5 crore each.
Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj
Despite appearing in strong supporting roles as Sivagami and Kattappa, Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj have been talked about for the twists and turns their characters took. In monetary terms though, their remuneration was much less compared to other star cast. Ramya was given Rs 2.5 crore while Sathyaraj took home Rs 2 crore.
However, the lion’s share of remuneration went to the maverick director SS Rajamouli, who picked up a cool Rs 28 crore for his labour of love. Apart from this, he will also gets one third of the profits of the franchise.
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