Mumbai: In a remarkable shift, the Indian film industry has been witnessing blockbuster movies crossing the coveted Rs 1000 crore mark, leading not only actors but also directors to command staggering fees that might surprise you. While the likes of Karan Johar, Rajkumar Hirani, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and Siddharth Anand are familiar names in Bollywood for being among the highest paid directors, it might be surprising to know that the top-earning director hails from Tollywood, not Bollywood.
Highest-paid Director In India
SS Rajamouli, a prominent Indian director, is currently the highest-paid in his field, according to multiple reports including GQ India. He reportedly charges around Rs 200 crore per project and has built up quite an empire in recent times. The 50-year-old filmmaker now commands remuneration on par with top actors either by asking for a fixed fee upfront or else demanding a percentage share in profits.
Remuneration for RRR
In 2023 Rajamouli made it to Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people globally. His last film RRR won an Oscar for Best Original Song (Naatu Naatu) at the 95th Academy Awards. According to News18, he received 30% of its profits which were over Rs. 1,100 crore worldwide.
He is India’s highest-paid director today – someone who inspires filmmakers across genres from all over not just because he’s made such an impact but also due to how much money he makes doing what he loves most!
After RRR’s stupendous success, SS Rajamouli will next join hands with Mahesh Babu for a ‘globe-trotting’ adventure drama. According to reports this movie is going to be made with a budget of around Rs. 1000 crore. Mahesh Babu traveled to Germany recently for this project undergoing physical transformation.
Mind-blowing BUDGET of SS Rajamouli, Mahesh Babu’s movie is…
Currently, pre-production work for SSMB 29 is underway, and there are numerous rumors about the potential lead actor (female). An official announcement is awaited to confirm these details.