Monstrous misinformation has become a way of life on the entertainment portals. But here comes the mother of all misinformation. Some Telugu portals have reported that Vijay Deverakonda has been paid Rs 100 crores by Karan Johar for Fighter,the Hindi-Telugu bi-lingual that Johar, Charmee Kaur and director Puri Jagannath are co-producing.
But when I got in touch with a source close to Karan Johar he laughed his head off. “The entire budget of Fighter is around 120 crores,This means if Vijay gets a 100 he gets most of the budget and the film is being made at Rs 20 crores? The fact is, Vijay didn’t even discuss his fee with Karan Johar.Vijay is being paid what he deserves. But much less than what is being quoted in the hearsay sections of the press.”
When coaxed to give a number to Vijay’s fee for Fighter, the source says it is closer to 20 than 100.
Further information on Fighter that emerged from sources close to Dharma: the film will see Vijay as an action hero for the first time.
“The fights won’t be in the Rajnikanth/Ramcharan style where goons are picked and flung into the sky in gravity-defying stunts. This is more in the real space.The action will look real,” says the source.
As for the link-up stories with Ananya Pandey, “They’re nothing but a marketing gimmick. Vijay treats Ananya like a child on the sets.”