Kartik Aaryan is said to be one of the highest paid actors in Bollywood. The actor, who was paid €1.25 lakh in his first film Pyaar Ka Punchnaama (2011), started about earning €20 crore for a movie, for which he filmed during the Covid-19 pandemic. In a new interview, the actor also explained why he deserved the fee as he called himself the ‘Shehzada (prince)’ of Bollywood. Read also: Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 crosses €175 crore at the box office; Kartik Aaryan says it’s now ‘a certified blockbuster’‘
It was previously reported that Kartik Aryan had been paid €20 crore for just 10 days of work in filmmaker Ram Madhvani’s terror thriller Dhamaka, which was released in 2021. However, the actor had not confirmed the same. Now he didn’t just talk about his alleged €20 crore fee, but also why film producers pay him the hefty amount.
In the latest episode of Aap Ki Adalat on India TV, Kartik was told by journalist Rajat Sharma that he had become ‘so obsessed’ with himself that after earning ‘sava lakh ( €1.25 lakh)’ in his first film (Pyaar Ka Punchnaama), which he now requested €20 crores. The actor blushed and replied, “Woh to so din ke hain (This was for 10 days).” When he said he was joking, the host corrected him and said in Hindi, “No, you are not kidding. For the movie you made in 10 days during the Covid-19 pandemic, you have €20 crore.” Kartik then said, “Sir yeh kiya tha corona ke time pe, par kya mein aise dicuss kar sakta hoon apni fees, mujhe nahi pata. Par haan woh ek movie (Dhamaka) aise bani aur so ka shoot tha uska. Woh mera fee tha aur main so din mein kya, bees din mein paise double kar deta hoon apne producers ke, toh banta hai (Yes, during the Covid-19 pandemic I had shot 10 days before the film and that was my fee. I make sure my producers make double that in 20 days, so I think I deserve what I get paid.”
Karthik was also told that after that he started acting like he was ‘hero number one’ Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2; the horror comedy was one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films to be released in 2022. To which the actor responded in Hindi: “I have always seen myself as No. 1, slowly people are getting to know that and see me that way too. But the love of the audience is the most important thing for me. I am desperate for their love and only because of that I am obsessed with myself and want to give hit movies…there is only one Shehzada (prince) in the movie industry.”
Kartik was last seen in Freddy alongside Alaya F. The movie was released on Disney+ Hotstar. Kartik’s upcoming projects include Aashiqui 3 directed by Anurag Basu. He also has Shehzada with him Criti Sanon. The film is a Hindi remake of Allu Arjun’s Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo, and also features Manisha Koirala, Paresh Rawal and Ronit Roy.