Top-league Bollywood actors often demand eight-figure fee for each of their films, but over time they have shown more interest in profit-sharing deals with producers, in which they receive a certain percentage of money that a film earns at the box office.
Hrithik Roshan had apparently charged Rs. 60 crore for "Thug," after which he was shown the door. Producer Aditya Chopra tried negotiating with the "Mohenjo Daro" star, but couldn't arrive at a conclusion. It was later decided that it wouldn't be possible to cough up said amount as "Thug" is already a high-budget film, DNA reported.
If the makers agreed to pay the amount Hrithik demanded, then it would take at least Rs. 250 crore for "Thug" to break even.
"Even superstars like Shah Rukh, Salman, Aamir Khan have a reasonable take-home. They are bankable stars and still charge into a profit-sharing agreement with production houses. Hrithik didn't want that. He wanted a flat fee of Rs. 60 crore and that was outright rejected by Adi. Profit sharing also means that the actor might not make major moolah if his film fails to work at the BO. So it's risky, which is why Hrithik perhaps wanted a flat fee, which is safe," an insider informed the daily.
From what has been reported so far, Hrithik's exorbitant fee is one of the key reasons why Aamir has replaced him in "Thug." The "Dangal" star has just asked for a profit-sharing deal with the makers and not a flat fee.
If Hrithik had closed the deal, he would have become the highest-paid actor in the industry beating, Shah Ruk Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan among others. Interestingly, Hrithik's rumoured remuneration for "Mohenjo Daro" — Rs. 50 crore — is at par with these superstars' paychecks, but he would have set a new benchmark if "Thug" had happened for him.
As of 2015, here are the take-homes for the Khans:
SRK: Rs. 40-45 crore.
Salman: Rs 40-50 crore.
Aamir: Rs 40-45 crore.
In other news, Hrithik will be next seen in "Kaabil." Directed by Sanjay Gupta, the action-thriller is a love story at heart and features Yami Gautam in the lead.