Akshay Kumar denies report which claimed he had reduced his fee by INR 30 crores

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Even as netizens lashed out at actor Kareena Kapoor Khan for reportedly demanding INR 12 crores for the role of Sita in an adaptation of the Hindu epic Ramayana, Akshay Kumar took to Twitter to dismiss reports that he’d reduced his fee. The report by an entertainment portal had claimed that Kumar had agreed to reduce his fee by INR 30 crores for Bell Bottom, the highly-awaited spy thriller which was filmed in Scotland. Kumar neither confirmed nor denied the fact that he charges INR 30 crores but did call the “scoop” fake. Quote-tweeting the post by the entertainment portal, the Khiladi wrote: “What waking up to FAKE Scoops feels like!” and went on to add some emojis.

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The report by the entertainment portal had claimed that producer Vashu Bhagnani had asked Kumar to reduce his fee and that the actor had agreed. The report further claimed that the actor had quoted a lump sum of INR 117 crores upfront for the film which he later pushed to INR 135 crores. Bhagnani also tweeted that there is “no truth to this news at all”. 

Akshay Kumar

“Being primarily a film that caters to the tier 1 and 2 cities, Vashu Bhagnani wanted to keep the budget in check and hence, he requested his leading man, Akshay to scale down his acting fees by Rs 30 crores, as the rise in budget aside, there looms a lot of uncertainty on the release too. If theatrical, it’s a given that the film wouldn’t earn what it would have in a normal scenario,” a trade source had apparently told the entertainment portal in question. 

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