Big stars earn big bucks on TV
Today more and more actors are taking recourse to the small screen. This was never the trend a decade ago. Television was never highly-rated by the Bollywood stars. Working on the small screen was a definite no for them as it really did not give much exposure, money or fame. It was thought that only when an actor was out of work would he or she work for the small screen. However, with the sudden influx of reality shows, the face of the television industry has changed. These stars today not only promote their films on the different shows aired by television, they also grab the opportunities of hosting reality shows. It gives them the scope of connecting with the masses and also helps them mint money.
In the year 2000, “Kaun Banega Crorepati” started on Star Plus with Amitabh Bachchan as its host. Much to the surprise of the Film Industry he took the offer, and the rest is history. Today everybody has been following his footsteps and with the advent of more and more reality shows there is enough work for all.
Television today gives these stars the break to make money in a short span of time, with half the effort. It requires less preparation on their part and they charge a lot of money for being able to pull off high trps for their shows.
Let us take a look at the movie stars who have tried their hands in television and earned moolahs-
Amitabh Bachchan- KBC was the first reality game show and Amitabh Bachchan the first actor of the film industry who made his appearance at the television. He earned a lot of money then through this and was able to pay off his loans for his production house ABCL. With the onset of the fifth and sixth season and the to-be-held seventh season he has made a deal of a whopping 100 crore for hosting the three seasons.
Aamir Khan- Latest entrant this year was Aamir khan who created quite a wave with his show- Satyamev Jayante. This show was different from all the other shows as it targeted the issues that are hindering the growth of our society towards giving us a better and protected life. He got Rs. 3 crore per episode.
Salman Khan- He has brought about a new spicy and entertaining twist in Bigg Boss from the time he laid his foot on the sets of the show. Earlier on the show was interesting, devoid of the host, today people love it for Salman’s approach towards hosting this show. The sixth season’s promos have been aired and Salman will be getting Rs 3.25 crore for hosting each episode.
Shah Rukh Khan- He somehow has not had a successful run at the television despite that he has hosted quite a few shows. Though ironically, he was first a television actor who later tried his fate at the Hindi films and today is known as the “Badshah” of Bollywood. He had hosted the third season of KBC, and “Are you smarter than a fifth grader?”-Indian adaptation. Then he hosted “Total Wipeout- Zor ka Jhatka” and earned Rs 2 crore per episode.
Hrithik Roshan- He is known for his dancing abilities and it suited him just right to judge a dancing show. He earned Rs 2 crore for every episode.
Akshay Kumar-Akshay Kumar aka Khiladi Kumar host “Khatron ke Khiladi”. The show’s name and theme suits him best. He is best at stunts and action and this show is about that. He earned 1.5 crore per episode.
Sanjay Dutt- He
co-hosted Bigg Boss season 5 with Salman Khan. He made his mark and did not get
over-shadowed by Salman. He earned Rs. 1 crore per episode.