Dhamaka could well turn out to be an “enriching” experience for Kartik Aaryan. If trade sources are to be believed, the young actor, who has been lighting up the box office, has taken home Rs 20 crore for the Ram Madhvani directed thriller that required just 10 days of shooting from him.
This is by far the highest an actor of his generation has been paid and that too at a time when making films is a challenge, with the coronavirus changing the way the work is done and theatres restricting the number of audiences. Most filmmakers are being careful about the money they spend, and there is also talk of actors taking a cut but no such thing for Kartik.
There is a reason why the makers—Ronnie Screwvala and Madhvani—offered the jaw-dropping sum to Kartik. First, the 30-year-old actor has shown great consistency, with four superhits —Pati Patni aur Woh, Luka Chuppi, Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety and Pyaar Ka Punchnama 2. These films have made him popular across the country in four years. His ever-growing fan-base has seen him endorse more than a dozen brands, which only add on to his popularity.
Second, Dhamaka’s shooting schedule was quite compact, which saved a lot of money from the production point of view. Typically, a mid-size budget film is completed in 40-50 days. However, Dhamaka was wrapped up in 10 days, saving a huge volume from the core on-the-set production costs.
Of course, the solid pre-production work done by Madhvani, courtesy his advertisement background, helped cut costs too.