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Salman signs record Rs5b deal with STAR

Channel will own exclusive TV broadcast rights of all of star’s new films

Salman Khan
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Bollywood star Salman Khan.

Blockbuster star Salman Khan has set a new record by signing a Rs5 billion (Dh335 million) deal with Star TV Network India for the television broadcast rights of his upcoming films.

After the 2009 blockbuster ‘Wanted’, the 47 year old’s career has gone from strength to strength. In the past five years, he has churned out a string of successful films — ‘Ready’, ‘Dabangg’, ‘Bodyguard’, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Dabangg 2’ — all these films earned more than Rs1 billion at the box office.

Hemal Jhaveri, general manager at Star Gold, said: “Yes, we have signed a deal with Salman Khan and whoever asks me why Salman, I will only say why not Salman Khan? His past box office record has been outstanding and his film, which has been premiered on TV, is exceptional.”

“He still has the highest record for his film ‘Bodyguard’ which had the highest rating so far,” he added.

According to the deal, the channel will own exclusive TV broadcast rights of all of Khan’s new films.

“The deal is from 2013 onwards where all his films in which he acts, produces or be part of, we will have the broadcast rights exclusively with us,” said Jhaveri.

Khan, who is currently having health issues and is likely to fly to the US for treatment, has a handful of films in his kitty — ‘Kick’, ‘No Entry Mein Entry’ and Sooraj Barjatya’s next untitled film among others. He will start shooting for them soon.