Has Prabhas charged Rs 70 crores from producer Priyanka Dutta of Vyjanthi Films for his next assignment? Sources in the know say the figure is highly inflated.
“Prabhas has asked for what he deserves and the production house has happily given him the amount. It is nowhere close to 70 crores,” says the source.
However when pressed to further reveal the exact remuneration, the source begs off saying, “I can tell you this much.It is more than what Prabhas has got for any of his earlier films.”
In fact Prabhas did S S Rajamouli’s Baahubali, no doubt a turning point in his career, for a pittance. That has obviously changed.
“But 70 crores? Who puts out these ridiculous figures?” wonders a source clued into the economics of Prabhas’s new project.
Producer Priyanka Dutta refutes all speculation about Prabhas’ remuneration saying, “We haven’t locked in on any remuneration as yet. It will take a month’s time to settle the fee.”
Prabhas suffered a bit of a boxoffice blow with the multi-lingual action thriller Saaho. The actor has now moved on to his next .Entitled Jaan , it would be an out-and-out romantic film with Pooja Hegde as his Significant Other.
Sources in the know reveal Jaan ,to be directed by Radha Krishna Kumar, would feature minimal action.
“Prabhas feels his fans have had their fill of action in Saaho, at least for a while. Jaan will be a romantic film with a large number songs to be composed by Amit Trivedi.”
More significantly there will be no Hindi version of Jaan.
According to sources Prabhas is done with trying to woo the Hindi belt for now.
“He will focus on his primary market for the next couple of films. The Hindi market can wait. Prabhas won’t lose his core audience for a pie in the sky,” says the source.
The Hindi version of Saaho lost a huge amount of money, thereby providing a lesson to all actors from the non-Hindi language making a crossover into the mainstream.
Baahubali was an isolated instance.