A trade source revealed to the newspaper, "Akshay is fond of the number nine. When he was working on Rowdy Rathore, he billed the makers for Rs 27 crore. But that was in 2012. Now, Akshay demands a cool Rs 54 crore and gets it too."
"Sanjay Leela Bhansali had bankrolled Rowdy Rathore, which was directed by Prabhudheva. And when Akshay shifted the release date of Pad Man last year to get a free run for Padmaavat at the box office, he jokingly asked Bhansali to promise him a sequel. And now that the sequel is happening, the makers realise that they will need to pay him exactly double for it," the insider added.
Just recently, Forbes released their list of World's Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2019, and Akshay was the only Indian to feature on the list. The magazine reported that he earned a staggering 65 million USD (around Rs 444 crore) from June 2018-June 2019.
On the work front, Akshay has a number of interesting projects in his kitty, including Jagan Shakti's Mission Mangal, Farhad Samji's Housefull 4, Raj Mehta's Good News, Raghava Lawrence's Laxmmi Bomb, Rohit Shetty's Sooryavanshi and Farhad Samji's Bachchan Pandey.