Sanjay Dutt has at last understood his star value. Following all those legal problems he faced last year, the actor was running short of money. He got separated from his co-owned production house White Feather Films, following conflicts with long-time good friend and partner Sanjay Gupta.
After some back-to-back success Shootout at Lokhandwala and Dhamaal, his career was seemingly going upward before he was sentenced six-year imprisonment last year. So, the producers and directors who were thinking of signing him for their next projects suddenly disappeared, considering the uncertainly of getting Sanjay Dutt available for shooting. Last but not the least his own producers like Mahesh Manjrekar, Nitin Manmohan, Sanjay Gupta and Vidhu Vinod Chopra did not have any project at that time to rope in Sanjay. Thus, his career turned upside down. Fortunately, Mr. Dutt found some good friends in his bad time. Actor friend Suniel Shetty and Asthavinayak banner extended their helping hand for Sanjay Dutt.
Now, the actor has handful of movies at hand including EMI, Aladin, Kidnap and some comedy films like Chatur Singh Two Stars opposite Amisha Patel and the next movie of Munnabhai series, Munna Bhai Chale Amerika. Sanjay Dutt was earlier charged somewhere between Rs 90 lakh and Rs 2 crore on an average for his movies. Now, the actor is charging Rs 7 to 8 crores for his movies.
India Times reported:
Around a year back Sanjay Dutt used to charge anywhere between Rs 90 lakh and Rs 2 crore for his films. But with the back-to-back success of Shootout at Lokhandwala and Dhamaal, his star value only got better. This was a time when he was in a position to hike his fees. Unfortunately for him this was the very phase when he was embroiled in all the legal hassles and also sentenced for a six-year imprisonment. This verdict by the court was a big blow to all his producers who were hugely banking on him for their films.
This was also the time when the Corporates were getting into Bollywood business and star remunerations were reaching sky-high. Sanjay Dutt who was not much business-conscious earlier, took things more seriously and taking advantage of the situation hiked his fees by a few crores. It is believed in trade circles today that the actor charges anything between Rs 7 to 8 crore as his fees. Perhaps Sanju has learnt his market value. Says the trade person, “With his counterparts playing in crores, thanks to corporate invasion, Sanju too hiked his fees. Moreover there is definite dearth of stars who command box-office initials”.
So, it seems that Sanjay Dutt has found the right path to get over the bad days. It is now certain that the actor is going towards brighter days ahead of him. Though he is still going through some controversy regarding his recent marriage with Manyata, he seems to be able to put his career aside from all those controversies coming in his way.