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Satellite wars forced Hrithik Roshan to give Thug a miss

But buzz also goes that Roshan's Rs60-crore demand was turned down by Aditya Chopra.

Hrithik Roshan (Photo: Shutterbugs Images)

Mayur Lookhar

More agony awaits Hrithik Roshan whose Mohenjo Daro bombed at the box-office. Now, Aamir Khan has bagged Aditya Chopra's Thug, which Roshan was supposed to do. 

As per reports, Roshan was keen on Thug, but his contractual agreements with a TV channel forced him to leave the project. He has signed a deal with Star India for the exclusive satellite rights of his films releasing in 2017. The deal is approximately worth Rs550 crore. Meanwhile, Yash Raj Films have long been airing their films on rival Sony TV. This conflict of interest apparently forced Roshan and Chopra to part ways. 

YRF had made an exemption for Sultan which will be aired on Star Gold. As per a report on Bollywood Life, Chopra had decided against going with Roshan after the latter supposedly demanded a whopping Rs60 crore as a flat fee. This was unacceptable to Chopra, who often adopts a profit-sharing ratio with his stars. Roshan had charged a Rs50 crore for Mohenjo Daro. However, with the film bombing, producers will be wary of gambling huge amounts on the actor. 

Going with Khan not only pinches the budget less, but also guarantees a collection of Rs200–250 crore at the box-office. Khan had teamed up with YRF in Dhoom 3, which grossed over Rs300 crore in domestic collections.