Chennai Express, Boss: Stunts and Money

Mon Nov 11 2013, 12:29 hrs
Action is necessary ingredient in Hindi films. An Ajay Devgn making an entry atop two speeding bikes in Phool Aur Kaante, or an Aamir Khan racing against a Mumbai local in Ghulam, Shah Rukh Khan’s climax sequence in Chennai Express and Akshay Kumar’s car stunts in Boss, action directors are known to conceive and execute breathtaking action sequences and stunts for films.
Action is necessary ingredient in Hindi films. An Ajay Devgn making an entry atop two speeding bikes in Phool Aur Kaante, or an Aamir Khan racing against a Mumbai local in Ghulam, Shah Rukh Khan’s climax sequence in Chennai Express and Akshay Kumar’s car stunts in Boss, action directors are known to conceive and execute breathtaking action sequences and stunts for films.
According to a renowned Bollywood action director, there is a hierarchy system that is followed when it comes to designation of work and remuneration. (AP)
According to a renowned Bollywood action director, there is a hierarchy system that is followed when it comes to designation of work and remuneration. (AP)
Explains the source, “The career of an action director begins from being a stuntman who  earns Rs. 2500-2800 per day. The next rung is becoming an assistant action director, when he earns Rs. 10,000 to Rs.15,000 per day. The action director, walks away with as much as Rs.1,00,000 per day. A well-known action director from the industry says, “Payment wise it is a little better today, or else in the 90s, a fight master would earn only Rs. 99 per day.”
Explains the source, “The career of an action director begins from being a stuntman who earns Rs. 2500-2800 per day. The next rung is becoming an assistant action director, when he earns Rs. 10,000 to Rs.15,000 per day. The action director, walks away with as much as Rs.1,00,000 per day. A well-known action director from the industry says, “Payment wise it is a little better today, or else in the 90s, a fight master would earn only Rs. 99 per day.”
Though it is not yet confirmed, established action directors like Shyam Kaushal, Allan Amin, Ali Abbas or a Parvez Khan could easily be earning as much as Rs. 1,00,000 or even more, per day. Sometimes they strike a full-project deal for an amount of  Rs.40 lakhs per film. These apart, duplicates who do death-defying stunts for actors, earn around Rs.5,500-6000 per day.
Though it is not yet confirmed, established action directors like Shyam Kaushal, Allan Amin, Ali Abbas or a Parvez Khan could easily be earning as much as Rs. 1,00,000 or even more, per day. Sometimes they strike a full-project deal for an amount of Rs.40 lakhs per film. These apart, duplicates who do death-defying stunts for actors, earn around Rs.5,500-6000 per day.
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