Show me the Money – Are Stars asking too much of moolah?

“Show me the Money” – You might have heard this phrase in the film ‘Jerry Maguire’ starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. So why are we talking about it now? Well off lately Bollywood too is gearing up to use this phrase at will.

There was a time when actors were being paid in thousands, then lakhs and then came crores. Well the Crore figure was not so common and a very few were part of this elite club. But thanks to satellite television and its reach to millions of viewers things are changing. Also the Marketing and Advertising industry has managed to rope in the Bollywood stars to sell their products and soon there was a race to say “Show me the Money”. But do you think that the race to earn the highest Moolah is a going out of hands? Well let’s take a tour of some of the most bizarre and crazy facts that might help you to decide for yourself.

Actress Katrina Kaif is truly the empress when it comes to the fashion world. Having an international modeling background, Kats definitely reigns the ramp shows in India. And she is also one of the most sought after actresses in Bollywood. There are reports that she has been offered Rs 1 crore for making a 10-minute appearance in Kochi. She will be on the ramp for just 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes! Well we are not kidding. It’s a fact, she would take home 1 crore in 10 mins. Do ponder and think about it if this trend is going too far.

Next in the list we have Mr Sanjay Dutt. His earlier ventures used to fetch him somewhere around 5 crores a movie. But after his performance as ‘Kancha Cheena’ in the blockbuster, however, Sanjay Dutt has doubled his price. And now he is all set to ensure that he says “Show me the Money”. At least for 10 crores a film, we hope for many ‘Kancha Cheena’ like performances from the actor! 

Not far enough is the other star from the movie Agneepath, Mr Hrithik Roshan. Star Plus’s show Just Dance paid the star approximately Rs 2 crore per episode. The show had around 56 episodes, including screening of entries, auditions, and the actual competition. And this did fetch Roshan approximately Rs 112 crore. Yes 112 crore 😉 Don’t worry we have not forgotten the Bodyguard of the Film Industry. According to reports, Salman had charged Rs 89 crore for the 104 episodes telecast in the first season of 10 Ka Dum. For the second season he asked for an increment of Rs 44 crore which failed to materialize.

SHOW ME THE MONEY 🙂 Who would have thought of such figures being quoted and even being paid? But it’s a fact that there are channels and Movie makers who have actually gone ahead and fulfilled these crazy demands. But do you think its a healthy trend? As they say that there is always a market correction and then such figures will really feel crazy and might be difficult to pay. Time will only tell what will the channels and movie makers do if that happens. But as of now…. The stars are the people who are demanding and saying “Show me the Money”

Do let us know your views on this interesting topic. 

Happy Viewing.  

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Are you ready for the 57th FilmFare Awards 2012!!

Oh yes, the biggest and arguably the best Award Show that Indian Cinema has ever witnessed….Till date. And it is all set to knock on your Television sets soon. The Filmfare Awards are presented annually by The Times Group and is one of the oldest and most prominent film events given for Hindi films in India.

The honour is been given to both artistic and technical excellence of professionals in the Hindi language film industry of India. The Filmfare Awards have been often referred to as Hindi film industry’s equivalent to the Oscars. (Well it’s a debatable topic, let’s not get into it) 😉 I know you must be eagerly waiting to find out the nominations for this year’s FilmFare Awards, but before that let me take this opportunity to share some interesting facts about these awards.

Did you know:

– Dilip Kumar, Shahrukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have won 8 awards each till date(Best Actor + Best Supporting Actor)

– Surprisingly, the biggest blockbuster hit in the history of Bollywood – Sholay, won only one Filmfare Award in 1975 and that too for Best Editing.

– ‘Do Bigha Zameen’ was the first movie to win ‘Filmfare Award For Best Film’.

– In the 25th year of Filmfare Award ceremony, the statue was made of silver, while in the 50th year of its celebration, gold status were given.

– Filmfare Award was initially named ‘Clare Awards’, after the ‘Times of India’ film critic – Clare Mendonca.

– In 1969, Sunil Dutt organized a party for Dilip Kumar, when the latter beat him for ‘Filmfare Best Actor Award’. This started the trend of post-award parties in Bollywood.

– In 2006, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie ‘Black’ won 11 Filmfare awards, the most awards won by a movie in the history of Filmfare Awards, till date.

So are you finally ready to find out the Nominations!!!!! Here you go ………

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actor.  This will be surely be one of the most toughest category, with such amazing actors in the race.

  • Ajay Devgan – Singham /  Amitabh Bachchan – Aarakshan / Hrithik Roshan – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar / Salman Khan – Bodyguard / Shahrukh Khan – Don2

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actress.  

  • Katrina Kaif – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan / Mahie Gill – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster / Priyanka Chopra – 7 Khoon Maaf / Vidya Balan – No One Killed Jessica / Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Film

  • Delhi Belly / Don 2 / No One Killed Jessica / Rockstar / The Dirty Picture / Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Director

  • Abhinay Deo – Delhi Belly / Farhan Akhtar – Don2 / Imtiyaz Ali – Rockstar / Milan Luthria – The Dirty Picture / Raj Kumar Gupta – No One Killed Jessica / Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actor In A Supporting Role

  • Abhay Deol – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Farhan Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Naseeruddin Shah – The Dirty Picture / Pitobash Tripathy – Shor In The City / Vir Das – Delhi Belly

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Actress In A Supporting Role

  • Juhi Chawla – IAM / Kalki Koechlin – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Parineeti Chopra – Ladies vs Ricky Bahl / Rani Mukherji – No One Killed Jessica / Swara Bhaskar – Tanu Weds Manu

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Music Director – So who will win this award… who will you bet on !!!!!

  • A.R.Rahman – Rockstar / Ram Sampat – Delhi Belly / Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara / Sohail Sen – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan / Vishal-Shekhar – Ra.One

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Lyrics ( I am Surprised to see Chammak challo in this list.. Are you???  )

  • Gulzar – Darling – (7 Khoon Maaf) / Irshad Kamil – Nadaan parindey – (Rockstar) / Irshad Kamil – Sadda haq – (Rockstar) / Javed Akhtar – Senorita – (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) / Vishal Dadlani and Niranjan Iyengar – Chammak challo – (RA.One)

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Playback Singer (Male)

  • Akon and Vishal Dadlani – Chammak challo (RA.One) / Mohit Chauhan – Jo bhi mein (Rockstar) / Mohit Chauhan – Sadda haq (Rockstar) / Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Teri Meri (Bodyguard) / Shafqat Amanat Ali – Dildaara (RA.One)

Filmfare Award 2011 for Best Playback Singer (Female)

  • Alyssa Mendonsa – Khwabon ke parindey (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) / Harshdeep Kaur – Katiya karu (Rockstar) / Rekha Bhardwaj & Usha Uthup Darling (7 Khoon Maaf) / Shreya Ghoshal – Teri Meri (Bodyguard) / Shreya Ghoshal – Saibo (Shor In The City)

So are you ready….. Oh did I mention that Shahrukh Khan and Ranbir Kapoor will be hosting the show this year……. So get glued to the television on 29th January on Sony Television and watch your favorite stars dazzle the screen. Do let us know about your favourite moments during the award ceremony. It’s always good to know your views. Happy Viewing.