With a string of hits to his credit, Salman Khanis not just one of the highest paid actors when it comes to films. He has reportedly been quoting a jaw-dropping Rs 1.75 crore to make an appearance at events. What’s more, the actor also wants to be ferried in chartered flights.
But the box-office effect has rubbed off on the actor’s off-screen aura as well. According to an insider, recently when he was offered Rs 1 crore along with a chartered flight for a couple of events in Dubai, the actor flatly refused to take them up.
Insiders revealed that this sudden and staggering hike in remuneration is a brainwave of Salman’s manager Reshma Shetty. According to reports, she was also the one who had convinced Salman to hike his fee for Dus Ka Dum and Bigg Boss.
Sources close to the actor told TOI that more offers for events (business launch, birthdays, weddings) have started pouring in. “Everybody wants Salman to perform at their event. If one person fails to offer him the amount of money he asks, another will,” said the source.
But Salman’s spoils of success don’t stop at merely a price hike. TOI has learnt that certain producers even consult the actor whether he wants the director of the film changed before he signs the project. And though, Salman does not push his choices, he does mention names of his favourite directors and asks the producers to select one.
Reshma Shetty did not respond to our calls and text messages. Neither did Salman.
Salman Khan to play Hanuman
Maybe it’s pure coincidence that the actor chooses to remain a bachelor offscreen as well. But we hear Salman Khan is Uru Patel’s actor of choice when it comes to playing Lord Hanuman in the producer’s modern-day re-telling of the epic Ramayana that he plans to put on floors next year.
Salman Khan will be Uru’s contemporary Hanuman, a super hero who can fly over mountains and skyscrapers to rescue Sita from the evil present-day Ravana. A source close to the project revealed the role had initially been offered to Aamir Khan but “somehow, things did not materialise.”
Word is Uru is keen on Hollywood stars Keanu Reeves and Gary Oldman portraying Rama and Ravana, respectively. And while Shilpa Shetty was to essay the role of Sita, the actress opted out after the stork came visiting her. The latest being the hunt is on for a fresh international face to play Sita. Uru’s Ramayana, incidentally his brother Raju’s (late brother-in-law of Kumar Gaurav) dream, will see all the epic characters being reborn in 2012-13 New York.
“Uru wants to turn that dream into reality. Salman has shown interest. Things are being worked out but it’s not going to be easy putting the film together. The cost is going to be astronomical as well,” said the source.