40 Crores for Shahid Kapoor In 'Bloody Daddy'?

'Bloody Daddy' is Hindi-language action thriller film directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, starring Shahid Kapoor, Sanjay Kapoor, Diana Penty, Ronit Roy, and others

'Bloody Daddy' poster. (photo courtesy: JioStudios)
'Bloody Daddy' poster. (photo courtesy: JioStudios)

Subhash K Jha

Lately, preposterous star fees are being leaked out by various parties with vested interests to make specific stars look larger than they are.

Shahid Kapoor certainly doesn’t need price props for publicity. And yet a report doing the rounds suggests that Kapoor was paid Rs 40 crores for his new OTT release Bloody Daddy which is now streaming on JioCinema for free.

A source in the know dismisses the 40-crore fee as "wishful thinking". "It is nearer half that sum. Where do these destructive inflated figures come from? Who will pay that kind of money to an actor, and that too for a digital release,during these times of recession?"

In fact the digital release for a costly film like Bloody Daddy (estimated budget Rs 65-70 crores) has itself raised many eyebrows. It is not only streaming on a new digital platform JioCinema but also streaming for free.

This is a first for Kapoor. His  digital debut Farzi on Amazon Prime video  fetched him a huge audience on a subscription digital platform.

Sources reveal that Kapoor was not in favour of Bloody Daddy being sold directly to a digital platform. But since the producers were offered a fancy price they succumbed to the temptation.

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