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How much is Vijay paid for Masterchef?

By SUBHASH K JHA
Last updated on: July 23, 2021 11:49 IST
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IMAGE: Vijay Sethupathi. All photographs: Kind courtesy actorvijaysethupathi/Instagram.com

Barring Salman Khan, no Indian movies star has been paid as much as Vijay Sethupathi is to host a television show.

Vijay is apparently being paid a whopping amount to host the Tamil edition of MasterChef, thereby effectively bridging the pay parity gulf between south Indian stars and their Bollywood counterparts.

A source close to the development says money was Vijay's only criteria when it came to hosting MasterChef.

"Otherwise, why would such a popular and busy screen actor, with as many as five-six films on the floor, squeeze time out to do a television show?"

"See, Vijay doesn't do movies for the money," the source adds. "Many times, he lets go of his full remuneration to accommodate a challenging role. This (MasterChef) is his chance to make some money."

 

The fee being offered to Vijay is apparently Rs 5 crores (Rs 50 million) per episode. That apart, it requires only five-six hours shooting hours every week.

Speaking about MasterChef, Vijay had told Subhash K Jha, "MasterChef is an international cooking franchise. They have their show in many countries in many different languages. I am hosting the Tamil version of MasterChef."

"I have been hosting another television show, Namma Oru Hero, for two years. This is a Tamil weekly show where I bring into the limelight unsung heroes, the working class soldiers, the doctors, nurses, school teachers..." Vijay added. "For me they are the real heroes."

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