Nagaraj Manjule's Sairat has emerged as the highest-grossing Marathi movie of all time, surpassing the record of the Nana Patekar-starter Natsamrat, and is still playing to packed theatres across Mumbai. The film, which grossed nearly ₹60 crores at the domestic box-office, features Akash Thosar and Rinku Rajguru, both debutants with no prior acting experience whatsoever.
Now in a serendipitous turn of events, the movie's producers decided to award a bonus of ₹5 crore each to Thosar and Rajguru.
According to Mumbai Mirror, producers Nitin Keni and Nikhil Sane have announced that not only will the lead pair be given the bonus, but a chunk of cash is likewise handed over to the rest of crew and the cast of the film that has become a landmark in Marathi theater.
Speaking to the tabloid, Keni said, "Yes, we're planning this as a small gesture of goodwill for the cast, and it's also not only the performers who'll be receiving specific sums of money, but also the lengthy cast and crew. We are finalising the paperwork, but at the same time are hoping that since the shows are still going houseful, we do not have to close our accounting novels soon. Last week, there were three shows of Captain America: Civil War, three of Azhar and eight of Sairat in Mumbai suburbs."
When asked what they plan regarding the generous sum, Rajguru, who is merely 15, didn't want to reveal the elements and said that she merely wants to go back to her hometown as she's spent the past few months between Pune and Mumbai.
What's absolutely mindboggling is the fact that both the leads were signed at a meagre ₹4 lac each while the movie itself was made on a shoestring budget of ₹4 crore. Set against the backdrop of caste discrimination, Sairat is an epic love story which draws inspiration in the classic Romeo and Juliet.