Salman Khan signs TV rights deal with Star India

MUMBAI Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:37pm IST

Bollywood actor Salman Khan (R) reacts on the green carpet for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Colombo June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

Bollywood actor Salman Khan (R) reacts on the green carpet for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards in Colombo June 5, 2010.

Credit: Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Actor Salman Khan has signed a deal with Star India network for the television broadcast rights of his upcoming Bollywood films.

The 47-year-old actor has had a dream run at the box office with each of his last five films making more than a billion rupees in revenue.

"Why not Salman? His last few films have made enough money to equal the GDP of a small nation. He is massive," Hemal Jhaveri, general manager at Star Gold, told Reuters on the phone.

An Economic Times report on Saturday said Khan's deal with Star India was estimated to be in the range of 4.5-5 billion rupees for a period of five years. Star India confirmed the deal but did not give details.

The television network would own exclusive TV broadcast rights to Khan's new films, including Sajid Nadiadwala's "Kick", the sequel to Anees Bazmee's "No Entry" and Sooraj Barjatya's next.

"Dabangg", Khan's 2010 blockbuster clocked record TRPs when it aired on the network, Jhaveri said.

Television rights form a key part of revenues for Bollywood films and big-ticket projects with leading actors are in demand. Khan's popularity has been on the rise since the success of "Wanted" in 2009.

His films, which typically release on the Muslim festival of Eid, are runaway hits because of their slapstick humour and Khan's portrayal of a traditional, upright Bollywood hero.

(Reporting by Shilpa Jamkhandikar; Editing by Tony Tharakan)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Nobel Laureate Author Dies

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Miley Sick

Miley Sick

Miley Cyrus cancels second concert after hospitalization.  Full Article 

Music Fest

Music Fest

Rapper Jay Z brings 'Made in America' music fest to Los Angeles.  Full Article 

Chart Topper

Chart Topper

'Frozen' album sells 2 million, tops Billboard chart for 10th week.  Full Article 

A Minute With

A Minute With

John Oliver on channeling rage into comedy.  Full Article 

Digital Saviour

Digital Saviour

Teenager uses Facebook to save Romania's stray dogs.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage