“Manoj Bajpayee got paid a lot less than 10 crores”

Everything connected to The Family Man franchise sells. But that doesn’t mean the actors involved have been paid handsomely and commensurate with the series’ stupendous success

 ActorManoj Bajpayee (Photo Courtesy: IANS)
ActorManoj Bajpayee (Photo Courtesy: IANS)
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Subhash K Jha

Everything connected to The Family Man franchise sells. But that doesn’t mean the actors involved have been paid handsomely and commensurate with the series’ stupendous success.

A source from the core team of the FM franchise spills the beans.

“There were ridiculous figures being thrown around this week regarding the major cast’s remuneration. Manoj’s remuneration is said to be Rs 10 crores. Are these figures flying around for real? Where did this come from? I want to know who thought up this figure as Manoj’s payment? Why not 15 or 20 crores? Because there is no truth to it,” says the internal source from FM2.

So how much has Manoj actually been paid for FM2?

“It is one-third of the ridiculous amount being splashed in a section of the media. It is not Rs 10 crores. It is closer to Rs 2.5 crore rupees.”

For the record Samantha was paid around Rs1.5 crores. The rest of the cast, much less.

This is the actual authentic payscale for The Family Man. The rest of the fee figures flying around are cooked up

I hear Manoj Bajpai intends to re-negotiate his remuneration for Season 3, as he rightfully should. But the negotiations for Season 3 are a long way away from beginning.So please ignore all these reports about Manoj being paid 20-30 crores. Season 3 doesn't exist at the moment.

In the meanwhile, would overzealous marketing teams and media hounds please stop putting our ridiculous fantasy figures? They may momentarily make an actor’s career prospects look much brighter than it actually is. But in the long run it causes great damage.

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