analyst Taran Adarsh. Evidently, it’s a male-dominated industry.
What also comes to the fore is that the actor’s fee constitutes a huge part of a film’s budget, especially if a film has a huge star. “If it’s a big actor, then 60 per cent of the film’s budget is usually allocated to the actors’ fee. It all depends on the film and film-maker. When it’s an action film, it’s 50-60 per cent, if it’s a social film, then 40 per cent. It also depends on the equation an actor has with the director or producer. An actor may charge differently for different films,” says Taran Adarsh. Trade expert Girish Johar adds, “There are times when the director is big, but actors are relatively new, in that case, the director gets a bigger share than the actors; the rest goes into the cost of production.”
These days, most actors take share in profits, especially, actors, who are also producing the film. “These days, every actor becomes a part of a film with some kind of a partnership deal that involves a percentage from profits. There’s no particular fixed amount they charge,” says producer Ramesh Taurani. Johar adds, “Hollywood also doesn’t follow the fixed remuneration pattern any more. Even they have a profit sharing kind of arrangement going on, and so, limiting the pricing of actors would be inaccurate. For example, here’s a hypothetical situation. If Hrithik (Roshan) says that Krrish 3 is my home production so I won’t charge any money, I’ll just take 30 per cent of the profit, and then if Krrish 3 turns out to be a blockbuster, and makes Rs. 300 crore, then Hrithik may get something like Rs.90 crore, which nobody has ever got so far and can be a rare instance.”
Unlike their seniors in the industry, newbies don’t really enjoy that kind of money. “Newcomers get paid somewhere in the bracket of Rs.10 lakhs to a crore. If a newcomer is a star-son/daughter, and the film-maker is good, then a token amount of money is given, may be a few lakhs. But if the newcomer is not from the industry, then he could be getting as much as Rs.10 lakhs or so, depending on the project and the pricing of a film,” says Johar.
One of the crucial factors that decides an actor’s fee depends on the performance of his recent films at the box-office. Was