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A perfect combination of action sequences, cringe dialogue delivery sessions, feel-good plots, and over-the-top portrayal of romance, Bollywood movies were all about male-centric content. However, with the changing times, scriptwriters and directors have broadened their mindsets and have started penning women-centric movies, giving equal opportunities to the divas of Bollywood. Not only this! In recent times, veteran actors are also getting pivotal roles in the film, leaving us in nostalgia.
From Amitabh Bachchan, Naseeruddin Shah, and Paresh Rawal to Neetu Kapoor and Ratna Pathak, here we bring you a list of veteran superstars with the amount of fees they charge to make big comebacks on the silver screens and OTT platforms. They are not only a big part of our childhood days, but one of the greatest reasons for making Hindi cinema a worldwide name.
Bachchan sahab needs no introduction. From being the angry young man of his generation to winning hearts with cutesy roles of aged grandpa in his older days, there is no other star like Big B. We saw the actor perform as a lead actor with his highest skill set, in films like Piku, Pink, Badla, Jhund, Runway 34, Bhoothnath, Gulabo Sitabo and many more. With his latest acting chop in Brahmastra, Amitabh is all over the news. For the mythological fantasy, Big B reportedly charged a hefty sum of Rs. 10 crores.
Anupam Kher has done plenty of films in his decades-running career in the Hindi film industry. However, not all his movies garnered the much-needed limelight that he deserved. But in some of the films, Kher performed like a star and proved what an actor with year-long experience could do. Whether it's humour, mystery, drama or thriller, the actor is always at his best in every genre. For his performance in the popular film, The Kashmir Files, Anumpan got lauded with many praises, and as fees, he got Rs. 1 crore.
Naseeruddin Shah is one of the finest performers in the film fraternity, and there is no second thought about it. The man does not need lengthy dialogues, a high voltage background score or longer screen time to make an impression, all he needs is a moment to work his magic on us. From Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara to Main Hoon Na, we saw how the actor needs just a few opening minutes to steal the show. For Shakun Batra’s romance drama, Gehraiyaan, Naseeruddin played a cameo and charged Rs. 45 lakhs as a fee.
Neetu Kapoor, the lady with grace and an infectious smile, lives in our hearts rent-free. She was one of the leading actresses of B-Town before she decided to take a sabbatical from acting to look after her and the actor, Rishi Kapoor’s kids. However, after the demise of her hubby in 2021, Neetu found her distraction in work and returned to films with Jug Jugg Jiyo opposite actor, Anil Kapoor. For her role, Neetu got Rs. 1.25 crores as a fee.
Known for speaking her mind, Ratna Pathak Shah is a quintessential Mumbai girl, who had fallen in love with a Muslim man, Naseeruddin Shah. She has made a huge name for herself with her stellar performances in Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, Lipstick Under My Burkha, Hum Do Hamare Do and the list goes on. For her last film, Jayeshbhai Jordaar, Ratna got a whopping amount of Rs. 1 crore for her supporting role.
If you are a fan of Sholay, you must be aware of the iconic star, Dharmendra’s adorable acting. From humorous to romantic, he brings up various filmy moods to the screen. For some, he is an action hero, others call him quintessential romantic, but for all of us, he is the He-Man of Indian cinema. Not only this! Dharam paaji’s smooth dance moves are hailed by millions of his followers. He will be starred in Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh’s film, Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani, and for his part in the love saga, the actor would get Rs. 5 crores as his salary.
They say that age is just a number, and these superstars have proved the same. Whether it’s a romantic saga or a suspense thriller, these actors have never shied away from taking up the roles.