5 Bollywood stars who took pay cuts after box office flops in 2022: Indian actors Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Vijay Deverakonda, Tiger Shroff and John Abraham lost millions, but who took the biggest hit?

Bollywood stars Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan and John Abraham have all seen their films flop recently. Photos: @akshaykumar, @aamirplanet, @thejohnabraham/Instagram

The post-Covid-19 era hasn’t been kind to Hindi cinema. Barring a few, Bollywood releases just haven’t performed this year.

While actresses and other professionals in the film industry have been expected to take pay cuts during and after the pandemic, a host of male millionaire stars are still getting rate hikes, according to the Hindustan Times.

Akshay Kumar is a famous Indian-Canadian actor. Photo: @akshaykumar/Instagram

But with the pay disparity now beginning to affect movie viability, a few male actors have finally agreed to decrease their exorbitant fees to make their films profitable. The measures are yet to help the industry financially, but they seem to show how the spotlight is shifting shifted from stars to quality, original productions.

Here are five Indian stars who’ve slashed their prices in 2022.

1. Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar is known for his role in Khiladi. Photo: @akshaykumar/Instagram

Bollywood’s Khiladi star has mostly boasted a career of blockbusters, evidenced by his US$240 million net worth (per Celebritys Worth). His post-Covid-19 film Sooryavanshi, fetched a promising US$25 million too, per Livemint – impressive for the pandemic-hit industry.

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Akshay Kumar saw a few of his films tank this year. Photo: @akshaykumar/Instagram

This year, though, all four of his outings (Bachchan Pandey, Samrat Prithviraj, Raksha Bandhan and Ram Setu) have tanked, with his per-film US$12 million salary (per Koimoi) upping the losses.

The 55-year-old has reportedly reduced his fee to an unknown amount for his upcoming medium-budget films Selfiee and the remake of Tamil hit Soorarai Pottru, added Koimoi.

2. Tiger Shroff

Tiger Shroff is a popular Indian actor and martial arts star. Photo: @tigerjackieshroff/Instagram
With a gigantic net worth of US$11 million, per CA Knowledge, Shroff draws audiences to cinemas with his seemingly effortless dance and action extravaganzas, including the pre-pandemic War and Baaghi 3 (US$39 million and US$14 million respectively, per JanBharat Times). But the acrobatic star’s return this year with Heropanti 2 was faced with brutal rejection – the US$12 million movie folded under US$3 million (per Blog to Bollywood).
Tiger Shroff has a net worth of about US$11 million, according to reports. Photo: @tigerjackieshroff/Instagram

The 32-year-old has consequently halved his US$4 million to US$5 million (per Desi Martini) salary for an upcoming musical comedy, reported the National Herald. Livemint mentioned two more WIPs, Ganapath and Screw Dheela, undergoing budget and pay cuts.

3. Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan is often dubbed Bollywood’s “Mr. Perfectionist”. Photo: @amirkhanactor_/Instagram

Bollywood’s “Mr. Perfectionist” takes a share from a film’s profit instead of charging fees upfront, per Pinkvilla. Consequently, he’d earn as much as US$25 million per movie, according to Bollywood Hungama.

This piles up nicely to his current US$235 million net worth, as estimated by CA Knowledge. Even for rare disasters like Thugs of Hindostan, the 3 Idiots star took home half of the film’s other revenues, worth US$8 million, reported Bollywood Hungama.

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Aamir Khan is famous for films like 3 Idiots, PK and Dangal. Photo: @amirkhanactor_/Instagram
But when his highly awaited Forrest Gump remake, Laal Singh Chaddha, also flunked upon its release this year, the 57-year-old gave up his remuneration and absorbed the entire US$12 million loss by himself, said Business Today.

4. John Abraham

John Abraham is recognised for starring in films like Dhoom and Jism. Photo: @thejohnabraham/Instagram

Abraham may have struck big with Jism (2003) and Dhoom (2004) and headlined blockbusters such as Dostana, Madras Cafe and Satyameva Jayate, but the 49-year-old’s recent films Satyameva Jayate 2, Attack: Part 1 and Ek Villain Returns have all flopped.

John Abraham is worth about US$34 million right now. Photo: @thejohnabraham/Instagram

Following the dent in his bankability, the star, whose net worth is valued at US$34 million per CA Knowledge, has lowered his fee by US$370,000 and is charging US$2 million for his next with director Sajid Khan, reported Desi Martini.

5. Vijay Deverakonda

Vijay Deverakonda made his Bollywood debut with Liger. Photo: @thedeverakonda/Instagram

The Tollywood star’s Bollywood debut Liger was a washout, earning just US$2.5 million against a US$12 million budget, per Economic Times. Worth US$7 million, according to CA Knowledge, Deverakonda reportedly renounced a good proportion of his remuneration, giving up US$700,000 from his salary to help recoup the losses, as shared by News18.

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Vijay Deverakonda is a famous Tollywood actor. Photo: @thedeverakonda/Instagram

The 33-year-old expected his next film Jana Gana Mana to be affected by Liger’s poor performance, per News18. A Hindustan Times report even stated that the Telugu film now stands to be shelved, as Liger director Puri Jagannadh is helming it too.

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  • All four of Kumar’s 2022 releases, Bachchan Pandey, Samrat Prithviraj, Raksha Bandhan and Ram Setu tanked; as did Khan’s Forrest Gump remake Laal Singh Chaddha
  • Tollywood star Deverakonda’s debut Hindi film Liger failed to rake in much cash, while Shroff’s Heropanti 2 suffered a brutal loss – Abraham also saw films like Ek Villain Returns flop