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Simply South overtakes Bollywood! Thanks to Rajini!!
Rajini to get 30 crores for Sivaji

Two of the highest paid stars of Indian cinema – Rajinikant and Chiranjeevi are from Tamil and Telugu. Rajinikanth would get Rs. 15 crore plus a share in the profits of his forthcoming film, Sivaji, totaling in all to a whopping Rs. 30 crores. Put this next to what the highest paid Hindi star, Aamir Kahn gets- just Rs.7 crores and you know it is peanuts.
Look at the number of theatres also down South. If the total number of theatres in the entire country is 12,900, then in just the South there are more than 7000 theatres, which is more than half the total amount. While we might be producing more number of films every year, and yet go unnoticed, but now, thanks to Rajnikanth's mega blockbuster Chandramukhi, the country is now sitting up and taking note of this enigmatic industry that enjoys such a rate of success within its territory and yet goes unnoticed elsewhere.
Well, like they say, it never takes a winner to lie low for a long time. Chandramukhi might have created a strong in road for the South Indian film industry, but this is just the beginning. With the recognition that Anniyan, Kadhal and Pudupettai are receiving in even the international markets, looks like South Indian cinema has finally arrived. Let the good times roll!
Krrish's entry

The comparison is based on the releases in 2005. However, this is not definitive and may change, since Hrithik's Krrish is creating waves at the box-office all over the country. At the same time, one should remember that South India's most expensive film Sivaji is under production, slated for a release soon and so is Kamal Hassan's Dasavatharam, a film which is expected to release in two languages.
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