'Fighter' stands as one of the most anticipated films of the year, marking the powerful cinematic debut of 2024. Directed by the prolific Siddharth Anand, renowned for delivering consecutive blockbusters, this movie promises to surpass even his previous successes. The uniqueness of 'Fighter' lies not only in its stellar cast, featuring Hrithik Roshan, Deepika Padukone, and Anil Kapoor but also in its fresh and compelling pairing of Hrithik and Deepika, coupled with an intriguing plot that takes the audience to the skies in India's first-ever aerial action entertainer.
The cast has been consistently in the spotlight, not just for their on-screen prowess but also for the discussions surrounding the substantial salaries they've earned for their roles in this cinematic spectacle and crafted with a budget of INR 250 crore, 'Fighter' marks the inaugural cinematic venture for both Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan in 2024. Boasting a cast comprising all A-listers, it comes as no surprise that these seasoned actors are demanding substantial remuneration for their roles in the movie. As the release date approaches, let's delve into the compensation details for the stellar cast of 'Fighter.' ALSO READ: ‘Karan Arjun,’ ‘Kaho Na.. Pyaar Hai,’ or ‘Krrish’ – Have You Ever Wondered Why Rakesh Roshan's Films Begin with the Initial ‘K’? Here’s Why!
Hrithik Roshan's Sky-High Paycheck
Leading the pack is Hrithik Roshan, portraying Squadron Leader Shamsher “Patty” Pathania. Reports suggest that the Bollywood heartthrob is taking home a staggering INR 50 crore for his role. However, conflicting rumours from self-proclaimed critic Kamal R Khan claim a whopping fee of INR 85 crore, solidifying Hrithik's position as the highest-paid star of 'Fighter.'
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Deepika Padukone's Aerial Earnings
In her first film release of 2024, Deepika Padukone, essaying the role of Squadron Leader Minal “Minni” Rathore, follows closely behind Hrithik in terms of remuneration. The talented actress is reportedly pocketing INR 15 crore for her contribution to the high-octane aerial action. Contrary to this, KRK's claims suggest Deepika might be earning INR 20 crore, showcasing the competitive nature of the film's salary structure.
Anil Kapoor's Mid-Air Compensation
Veteran actor Anil Kapoor, portraying Group Captain Rakesh Jai “Rocky” Singh, secures a respectable paycheck of INR 7 crore for his role in 'Fighter.' Amidst rumours, it's speculated that other cast members, including Deepika Padukone, are also receiving INR 15 crore for their roles in the film.
Supporting Cast's Salaries
Karan Singh Grover: Playing Squadron Leader Sartaj “Taj” Gill, Grover returns to the big screen after a hiatus and earns INR 2 crore for his role.
Akshay Oberoi: As Squadron Leader Basheer “Bash” Khan, Oberoi commands a fee of INR 1 crore.
Sanjeeda Sheikh: The actress, portraying an IAF pilot's love interest, earns INR 50 lakh for her role.
Talat Aziz: Playing Patty's father, Aziz receives a sum of INR 70 lakh for his role.
The cumulative salaries of the 'Fighter' cast reflect the grand scale and significance of the film within the Bollywood industry.
Directed by Siddharth Anand, 'Fighter' is not just about the extravagant salaries but also promises a compelling storyline. The film follows a team of top IAF aviators facing imminent danger and pays homage to real-life events, including the 2019 Pulwama attack, the 2019 Balakot airstrike, and the 2019 India–Pakistan border skirmishes.
Shot across diverse locations such as Assam, Hyderabad, Jammu & Kashmir, and Mumbai, the film aims to capture the essence of India's first-ever aerial action entertainer. As the release date coincides with the 2024 Republic Day weekend, 'Fighter' is poised to soar high at the box office.