GUESS who is the highest paid star in India? If its any benchmark, then south Indian actor Prabhas is way ahead of the powerful Khans and also Akshay Kumar who rule Bollywood. Those of you who argue that it is the Hindi film industry which decides how big an actor is? Think again.
Time that we all celebrate the man called Venkata Satyanarayana Prabhas Raju Uppalapati or Prabhas, as he is popularly known. Now the breaking news: Prabhas has been paid a whopping Rs 150 crore for Adipurush and is now the highest paid star in India.
Prabhas has left Salman Khan, who charged Rs 100 crore for Sultan and Tiger Zinda Hai, and also Akshay for his recent Bell Bottom, way behind by charging Rs 150 crore.
Wait before you think of the obvious. Will Prabhas be able to do justice to Rs 150 crore as Adipurush is a mythological film? Let me take my viewers back to the time when Prabhas had delivered a superhit film called Mirchi .
It would have been very easy for him, like most top stars, to cash in on the film and sign many massy films. But Prabhas kept his focus for 5 long years on Bahubali (The Beginning) and its sequel in 2017, and the result? Bahubaali went on to become the first Indian film to gross over Rs 1000 crore and the second highest-grossing Indian film to date! Not only did the film make huge amounts of money, Prabhas became a household name in the Hindi speaking world! So those who are still riveted by Bollywood and perhaps doubt if Prabhas shall justify the Rs 150 crore he has been paid for Adipurush, think again.
And there are more films lined up for the highest paid star in India—Prabhas will be seen in Radhe Shyam, Salaar, Spirit, and Project K. The recent release of a song from Radhe Shyam has already broken several records.
That Prabhas is today the highest paid star in India is no fluke. It has taken him years of dedication and commitment. Prabhas apparently gained about 30 kg to get that physique of Amarendra Bahubali in the film Baahubali. Then there was also the mental rigour to prove that he could essay the role. Prabhas’s first-ever and last endorsement was for Mahindra’s TUV 300.
What is most endearing about Prabhas is his heart, which is in the right place: this highest paid star donated Rs 1 crore to the CM relief fund for COVID-19 victims. The first south Indian actor to be featured at the world-famous wax museum Madame Tussaud’s (Bangkok), Prabhas has Rs 1,500 crore riding on him. It cant get bigger than this!