Salman Khan 500 crore Deal with Star India
Khan confirmed the deal, but declined to share details. The deal, estimated to be in the range of Rs 450 crore to Rs 500 crore, is the first of its kind in Bollywood. People close to the actor, who refused to be identified, said the contract will include all his films over the next five years after last month’s Dabangg2. “It is reasonably long and big,” said Star India’s Chief Operating Officer Sanjay Gupta.
What is known is that Khan will do five films — Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick, brother Sohail Khan’s next film, Boney Kapoor’s sequel to No Entry, Dabangg3 as well as Sooraj Barjatya’s next movie.
Salman’s satellite record impressive
Star already holds a strong portfolio of Salman Khan’s films — Dabangg, Wanted, Ready, Bodyguard, Tere Naam, Pyar Kiya To Darna Kya — for 7-8 years, and Dabangg2, which it bagged for Rs 50 crore for 11 years a year before its release.
Just like his recent box office record, Khan’s satellite ratings have been impressive. Bodyguard registered a record television rating points (TRP) of 10.3 when it was aired on Star Gold in December 2011.
TRP is a measure of what percentage of people in a defined time band and a defined profile watched a particular programme, a number keenly followed by the advertising industry.
A film is considered a success on TV if it can notch up an average 2.5 TRP through the year, apart from the high number it garners on premieres.
Over the past few years, satellite prices have been playing a key role in bankrolling films with at least a third of the movie’s cost of production coming from selling these rights prior to even beginning production. Competition among TV companies wanting to acquire the rights of hit movies has led to an increase in the acquisition price of many recent big films.
Hrithik Roshan’s Krissh3 and the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Don2 were reportedly sold to Sony for Rs 37 crore each, while Aamir Khan’s Talaash and Karan Johar’s Agneepath went for Rs 40 crore. Channels usually spend an average of Rs 200-300 crore a year to acquire film titles for their libraries. “Satellite deals form 35% of a producer’s cost of production,” said Smita Jha, leader (entertainment & media) at consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. For general entertainment channels, it gives them variety and as movies last for 2-3 hours they garner higher gross rating points for the channel rather than 30-minute programmes. Most general entertainment channels have direct deals with producers cutting out the middleman, also saving on brokerage, as well as signing satellite deals while movies are in production or even as soon as they are announced, she said.
“While there is a growth in the overall box office, the biggest cinema hall today is the TV. The biggest film can only draw in an audience of 2-3 crore people while a television premiere can reach 20-30 crore people, this is the biggest change taking place,” said Star’s Gupta, who is confident the deal will not impact the network’s relationship with other producers.
The need for a channel to buy content, especially for movie channels which air up to six films in a day, is what Gupta quotes as the reason that status quo will remain even after this deal. However, the impact on satellite pricing will remain to be seen, depending on how both talent and production houses react to the deal.