‘Mohenjo Daro’ star signs Rs 550 crore deal for satellite rights of upcoming films


Mumbai: The satellite rights to Hrithik Roshan's next six films have been sold at a whopping Rs 550 crore. The deal takes off next year. With the deal, Hrithik has broken the record set by Salman Khan when he inked a Rs 500 crore agreement with the Star network for satellite rights to all his films released between 2014 and 2019.

Hritik last four films — "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara," "Agneepath," "Krrish 3" and "Bang Bang" — were commercially successful, which is why he cracked such an impressive offer. "In fact, 2017 will begin with a bang for him with his home production 'Kaabil,' a Sanjay Gupta-directed action-drama, which along with Shah Rukh Khan's 'Raees' will be one of the first big films of the year to unveil on the Republic Day weekend. Even before the film went on the floors, satellite rights were sold for Rs 45 crore. All the other films are expected to fetch around half a crore," a source said.

This is a first for the actor. A few years ago, Salman had signed a similar deal which was a steep Rs 500 crore. However, some of the industry insiders had said it was untrue adding that the figure was too wild to be true. Star India's then chief operating officer Sanjay Gupta (was recently made the managing director) had said that the company hardly ever divulges financial details and the numbers were "conjectural."

However, in my opinion movies are a very important and integral part of content on television. And Salman Khan is a star who connects very effectively with the masses. To my mind Star India's deal with Salman Khan to have his films on our channel makes a lot of business deal," sanjay told to a news agency, In other news, Hrithik has "Mohenjo Daro" lined up for release. Scheduled to open in theatres on Aug. 12, same day as Akshay Kumar's "Rustom," the Ashutosh Gowariker directorial is set against the backdrop of the Harappan civilisation.