A leading news channel has recently reported that Top Heroes and Directors have been charging a bomb for signing a film. The media house went ahead and released the remunerations chart of most happening heroes and directors in Tollywood.
According to those figures, Pawan Kalyan charged Rs 11 crore for Cameraman Gangatho Rambabu and he is going to get paid anywhere between Rs 12-15 crore for his future projects.
Mahesh Babu too is charging similar pay package. Next on the list is Junior NTR with Rs 10 crore, Ram Charan with Rs 7 crore (Producer’s actor), Prabhas with Rs 7 crore, Allu Arjun with Rs 6 crore (Producer’s actor), Ravi Teja with Rs 6 crore, Ram with Rs 4 crore, Siddharth with Rs 3 crore, Nani with Rs 3 crore and Allari Naresh with Rs 2.5 crore. While big heroes Balayya and Nag were pocketing Rs 6 crore each, another hero in the same league Venky is getting Rs 5 crore per film.
Coming to directors, SS Rajamouli takes whopping Rs 3 crore initially and 33% share in the film later. While Puri Jagannath is charging Rs 11 crore per film, Srinu Vytla and VV Vinayak are pocketing Rs 9 crore and Rs 7 crore respectively.
Looking at these numbers, it’s no surprise that at least 40% production cost of a big budgeted film goes to the remunerations of cast and crew. Though these figures will never be confirmed or denied officially by any of our stars and their directors, they create some serious buzz for sure.
Top Grossers at T-town Box Office in 2012
The success rate of Tollywood films might be high in the India market, but it’s not the same when it comes to Overseas business. Many films which were a profit grossers here, ended up incurring losses to distributors and exhibitors abroad. Here are the Telugu films which brought smiles to the faces of investors.
Overseas (Profit for Distributor) : Gabbar Singh (Rs 1 crore), Eega (Rs 1 crore), Julayi (Rs 60 lakhs), LIB (Rs 50 lakhs), DNR (Rs 25 lakhs), KVJ (Rs 20 lakhs), Ishq (Rs 20 lakhs), Sudigaadu (Rs 20 lakhs), YVM (Rs 20 lakhs).
On the other hand, the Profit for Exhibitors vary based on the quality of the content and the reach of the star. For Gabbar Singh, the buyers got 100 percent profits to the amount they had invested. When it comes to Eega and Julayi, everyone ended up making profits.
Investing on films is a big gamble, especially when it comes to Overseas. Film buffs here prefer to throng theaters only when a film receives positive reviews or good word of mouth, else waits for the DVD or Pirated versions. So, it is better have a better knowledge about the content of the film and it’s reach before investing crores.
The New top 4 of Tollywood
NTR, ANR, Krishna and Sobhan Babu are the first generation superstars of Telugu cinema. After them Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna and Venkatesh stood pillars to the second generation. They are no longer young and strong enough to compete with the younger generation. So the new top four has evolved. Considering the current business craze of the heroes, here are the top four of Tollywood.
NTR, Charan, Mahesh and Pawan Kalyan are the current top four heroes of Tollywood. We are not discussing about who is number one and number two among these four. All these four heroes can do excellent pre release business and assure grand openings. No other hero is even close to these stars at this point. All these four have the star power to deliver industry hit at any given point.
They are beyond the commercial outcome of their films. A series of flops wouldn’t bring their craze down. They can always bounce back and be on top with one film with decent content. It will be hard to decide who the current number 1 of Telugu cinema industry is. But there won’t be any arguments over the given top four list unless they have weak knowledge about films.