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Find out the fees your favourite stars command!!
In an industry where crores are dumped to make a film, it is the hero that takes away a lion's share. Almost 40% of the production cost goes towards paying the hero. In this article we analyze how much our Kodambakkam heroes are paid and whether they are worth the crores they are paid.

Some heroes are paid in crores and some are paid in lakhs. Those that get more than one crore come in the top ranks of heroes. Let us take the Kodambakkam heroes and see how they are riding the entertainment industry.
Rajinikanth :

He is no doubt the numero uno of the Tamil film industry. Little did Shivaji Rao Gaekwad imagine way back that one day he, as Rajinikanth would command crores of rupees as his fee. Guess how much is the current salary of superstar for a movie? 25 crores! In fact, that is a small amount by Rajini standards. When Shivaji Productions made Chandramukhi, they asked him how much he would like to be paid. Rajini politely replied “that’s not a matter and we’ll look at that afterwards!” Beating everyone's imagination, the movie did a whopping 90 + crore business. They wanted to pay him upto 25 crore but Rajini said 10 would suffice. That is Rajini style. He had given word to the Shivaji family that he would do a movie for them purely to help out the thespian’s family. Rajini is now helping AVM company which had continuously been seeing losses after Vikram’s Gemini. Trade analysts say that Sivaji can do better business than Chandramukhi but Rajini has made up his mind that his fee would stand at 10 crores alone. But, a latest report states that he has charged 16 crores as fees for Sivaji!!
Kamal Hassan :

This versatile genius is the next highest paid artiste though the money he gets can never match up to the superstar's. Unlike Rajini or Vijay, Kamal doesn't get paid on the spot. His movies take time to do business. Business wise Rajini's movies may be a safe bet but they don't raise expectations as Kamal's movies do. This maverick's movies fall into two categories—hits or flops, never the mediocre ones. If Virumaandi was a big hit, Mumbai Express was a flop. The money that Kamal is paid is not for the business they make but for the talent, maturity and savvy he brings. For his next venture Dasavataram the actor seems to get 6 crores as salary.
Vijay :

This young hero is the third highest paid actor with a tag of 5 crores. Like Rajini's movies, his flicks make brisk business. In the beginning of 2005 his rate was only three and a half crores but the success of Tirupaachi and Sivakasi has changed that. If he manages to pull off a few more hits, he will cross the 5 crore mark. His father S A Chandrasekhar manages his affairs and everyone knows that papa knows how a business is transacted. Swargachitra’s Appachhan is ready to pay upto eight crores to this guy for his next venture.
Vikram :

This late starter is perhaps the second most popular hero, next to Rajini but then his fee is only somewhere between 3 to 4 crores. Why? Vikram has seen hard times and the way up has not been a pleasant ride. He knows the difficulties of the producers and doesn't pitch more than the amount that producers can afford. The producers are willing to shell out 4 crores but the hero doesn't want them to pay through their noses. He was paid 3 crore for his Maja. For Pitaamagan he signed up for a mere 1 crore out of which he did not collect 25 per cent of the agreed amount to avoid embarrassment to his friend Bala. But, trade sources say that for Bheema the actor is to receive more than 4 crores as salary.
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Ajith :

Luck has not been favorable to Ajith. The last two years he has been languishing. A hero who once ran neck and neck with Vijay is today way behind. From 2 crores his rate had come down to one crore. That is what he got paid for Paramasivan and Tirupathi. If he manages to pull off a hit with Godfather, he may revert to 2 crores and more. But then, the initial reports about Tirupathi are not that encouraging.
Surya :

The turning point for this artiste came with Kaakka Kaakka. His rate shot up from 35 lakhs to one crore. He was paid one and a half crores for Gajini and Aaru. It is expected that with a couple of hits, this guy would touch the 2 crore mark. Like Vikram's, Surya's market has seen a steady growth.
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