‘Akshay Kumar didn’t charge a rupee in fees for OMG 2’: Ajit Andhare | Bollywood


Akshay Kumar’s latest film OMG 2 made an underwhelming opening at the box office last week but the collections have significantly picked up with a strong word-of-mouth. Even with the collections of the film slowly approaching 100 crore, many reports declared it was a flop, claiming that the film was made on an estimated budget of 150 crore. Ajit Andhare, COO of the film’s distributors Viacom 18 Studios, has refuted the claims and told Pinkvilla that Akshay did not charge a single penny for his role in the film. (Also read: OMG 2 slows down as it nears 100 crore mark)

Akshay Kumar in a still from OMG 2.
Akshay Kumar in a still from OMG 2.

Akshay did’t charge a rupee

Asked about the budget of OMG 2, Ajit Andhare told the entertainment portal, “The reports of the budget of OMG 2 are grossly exaggerated. On the contrary, Akshay didn’t charge a rupee in fee and in fact, walked alongside us in both the financial and creative risk involved in such a courageous film.”

He added, “We share a long history and understanding with him as a studio since OMG, Special 26, and Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. I have been totally in lockstep with him in taking up scripts that are unconventional but stand for something larger and meaningful.” Ajit also said that the risk of making a film like OMG 2 would have been impossible one to take up, without Akshay’s involvement. He added that the star was fully invested, both creatively and financially. The report also quoted a source to claim that the budget of the film is pretty small, just 50 crore.


Akshay Kumar essays the role of Lord Shiva’s messenger – a Shivgan – in the film directed by Amit Rai. The film also stars Pankaj Tripathi as a Shiva devotee who ends up fighting a court case for the sake of his son and promotes sex education in the process. Yami Gauatm plays the lawyer opposing Pankaj’s case in the film.

OMG 2 released on August 11 alongside Sunny Deol’s super hit Gadar 2. The film has managed to earn 84.72 crore in a week.

Amit Rai

Amit earlier made the 2010 film Road To Sangam which featured Paresh Rawal, Om Puri and Pawan Malhotra in important roles.


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