- Posted April 23, 2012 by
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Akshay's insurance value: 50 crore
“Right at the start, when Prabhudeva narrated the script, Akshay was kicked about the raw action scenes. But everyone was worried about him doing the scenes himself, considering they were a bit dangerous. And since we all know how much he loves action, we thought of insuring him at a heavy premium even before the film started. We knew he’d insist on doing most of the stunts personally, so we’re happy nothing tragic happened during the shoot,” says an insider from the movie’s unit.
In Bollywood, the concept of insurance is yet to catch on in a big way. While filmmakers like UTV, Karan Johar and Yash Raj Films have begun insuring their movies, the concept of insuring the movie’s stars as well is still novel to the Hindi film industry.
Some time ago, though, Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan and Shruti Haasan were insured before they carried out a stunt on top of a speeding train in Namibia for Luck (2009). But such cases are few and far between.
The makers of Rowdy Rathore have confirmed the insurance, but refused to talk about the value. “Akshay is a daredevil who does the riskiest of stunts by himself. UTV has always taken care of its actors by insuring them beforehand and so it’s the same for Akshay in Rowdy Rathore. However, we wouldn’t like to comment on the insurance value,” says Shikha Kapur, senior vice president (Marketing), UTV Motion Pictures.
We guess this would pave way for several more stars insuring themselves before signing on the dotted lines of a film!