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Emraan Hashmi hikes his fees

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Riding high on the success of his recent releases like The Dirty Picture and Once Upon A Time in Mumbai, actor Emraan Hashmi has increased his remuneration, but insists that it is not a "crazy price" and will not burden any of his films.

The buzz is that Emraan Hashmi has quoted Rs 10 crore for all the fresh projects. Rumor mills say that the three Khans - Shahrukh, Salman and Aamir charge about Rs 27-28 crore a film, besides taking a share in the profits. Also, A-listers like Hrithik Roshan and Ajay Devgn charge somewhere about Rs 20 crore per film, while Ranbir Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor are believed to charge around Rs 10 crore. Now, Emraan may also join them.

PTI reported Emraan Hashmi as saying, “I have increased my rate but I cannot tell you the exact figure. It is a safe price, it is not a crazy price. I have worked in the office of a producer, so I know what happens when they (actors) overprice. So I know what that price should be and it keeps me in the industry for a long haul.”

Emraan further went on to add, “I think as an actor I feel my rate should not burden the film. There are few actors, who charge more and then eventually it burdens the film, but I will never do that.” Emraan has three releases lined up for this year - Mahesh Bhatt's crime thriller, Jannat 2 (May 4), Dibakar Banerjee's political thriller Shanghai (June 8) and Vikram Bhatt's 3D horror film, Raaz 3 (August 31).

Regarding his role in Shanghai, Emraan Hashmi said, "Dibakar has the ability to bring out the actor of his comfort zone. And he made me eat lot of stuff, so that I become fat, have a paunch. Getting the physicality of the character was half the battle won.”

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