Mumbai: Salim Khan has put a price on the journey his son Salman Khan undertook from the night of September 28, 2002, to his acquittal 13 years later on December 10, 2015.
A few days in jail, tension and more than Rs 20-25 crore.
"People are saying he has just walked away. He has been in the jail for few days. He has spent over Rs 20-25 crore (on the case). Besides this, what about the tension that he and everyone went through all this time?" Salim, once a part of a blockbuster scriptwriting team, told PTI.
Salim made the disclosure while expressing happiness and relief at Thursday's high court order that acquitted Salman and overturned a five-year jail term pronounced by a lower court.
"Over Rs 20-25 crore" appears princely in a country where the per capita income (the earnings of an Indian in a year) hovers around Rs 88,500.
But Salman, one of the most bankable stars in India, can take care of the Rs 20-25 crore in a matter of days.
For such exigencies, he can always dip into the Bigg Boss piggy bank.
A source in the television industry said Salman's fee for the current season of the reality show was Rs 7-8 crore per episode. "Like all Bigg Boss seasons, this one too will have a total of 26 episodes. Salman's total earnings from Bigg Boss Season 9 could be more than Rs 190 crore," the source added.
This is Salman's sixth year as the Bigg Boss host. His fee for the first three seasons he hosted from 2010 to 2012 (Seasons 4, 5 and 6) was fixed at Rs 2.5 crore per episode.
In 2013, Salman raised his fee to Rs 5 crore per episode and in 2014, it stood at Rs 5.5 crore an episode. His total earnings from Bigg Boss between 2010 and 2015 are estimated to be over Rs 600 crore.
If that is too chunky an amount, Salman can turn elsewhere for loose change.
He endorses around eight top brands. Advertisement industry sources say Salman charges between Rs 3.5 crore and Rs 5 crore for a day's shoot. "Each shoot lasts three to four days," said the source.
If all else fails, there is the biggest pie of them all: the box-office pile. A part of a single day's take on the opening day of several of Salman's movies can take care of the legal expenses.
For his films, Salman is not known to charge a penny. He takes a 50 per cent share of the profit, said a source in Rajshri films which produced his latest movie Prem Ratan Dhan Payo.
Just the opening day's collection of Prem Ratan - Rs 40.35 crore - would have been more than enough for the legal expenditure figure quoted by Salim. The box office collections of Prem Ratan till this Friday stood at around Rs 210 crore (Salman has made it a habit to propel his films past Rs 200 crore). Add to this the earnings from music and overseas and telecast rights. The total earnings from the Rs 150-crore movie are expected to cross Rs 250 crore. If so, Salman will take home Rs 50 crore.
Earlier this year, Salman's Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a home production that cost Rs 90 crore, had grossed Rs 606 crore. Salman's earnings from the film are estimated to be over Rs 400 crore.
Amid these head-spinning numbers, "over Rs 20-25 crore" is all but a blip.
But Salim worked and earned in another era, perhaps the reason why he found it pertinent to mention the figure of Rs 20-25 crore.
Consider the estimated box-office collection of Deewaar, the 1975 movie that defines Amitabh Bachchan, Salim-Javed, Yash Chopra, the restive India of the time and much more: Rs 7.5 crore.