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Marathi Actors Rate Card for Dahi Handi Festival

Just like every other year, this year too there is a huge demand for Marathi celebrities at Dahi Handi events in the city. Many of these celebs, who get paid handsomely for upping the glam quotient of the event, have hiked their fee further, thanks to the rise in their popularity graph. The organisers in turn have been unfazed about it and are willing to pay the hiked fee to rope in their favourite celebrity. Here are a few of the cases in point.


SONALEE KULKARNI
Previous remuneration: `1-1.5 lakh
Current remuneration: `2-3 lakh
Boost in popularity due to Grand Masti (Hindi) and Rama Madhav (Marathi)
Sonalee's popularity as the Apsara aali girl hiked after she debuted in Bollywood last year with Grand Masti opposite Riteish Deshmukh. Her recent release Rama Madhav, too has become a talking point in the industry. Sonalee has three big releases lined up -Mitwaa, Classmates and Shutter.

Speaking on her hiked fee, Sonalee said, “It is natural for actors to increase their remuneration with time as the more successful an actor, the higher fee heshe commands. Also contrary to other events where I like performing, for Dahi Handi, I prefer just attending it as its a very crowded event where security is a concern.“

SWWAPNIL JOSHI
Previous remuneration: `1-1.5 lakh
Current remuneration: `3 lakh
Boost in popularity due to Duniyadari and Mangalashtak Once More
While Swwapnil's on-screen Krishna persona has ensured that he is the preferred choice among Dahi Handi festival organizers, the success of Duniyadari last year has only hiked the actor's popularity further. Swwapnil continued to be in news after the release of Mangalashtak Once More. The actor has projects like Pyar Vali Love Story and Mitwaa lined-up for release.

SAI TAMHANKAR
Previous remuneration: `1-1.5 lakh
Current remuneration: `3 lakh
Boost in popularity due to a trail of successful films such as Balak Palak, Duniyadari, Zapatlela 2, Sau Shashi Deodhar.
2013 was an exceptional year for Sai Tamhankar as it she was a part of four blockbusters -Pune 52, Balak Palak, Duniyadari and Zapatlela 2. Her other releases Mangalashtak Once More and Anumati fared well at the box office too. This year also started on a good note for Sai as she received accolades for her performance in the thriller Sau Shashi Deodhar. Sai is now looking forward to Classmates and Por Bazaar.

URMILA KANITKAR-KOTHARE
Previous remuneration: `50,000-1 lakh
Current remuneration: `2 lakh
Boost in popularity due to Duniyadari and Timepass
After Duniyadari gave Urmila's career a boost last year, there has been no looking back for her.
The actress also received accolades for her role in Timepass, which was one of the most successful films this year. With her recent release Anvatt, which fared well at the BO, and big projects like Kaakan and Baavare Prem He lined up for release, Urmila seems to be going places.

Speaking about participating in Dahi Handi events in the city, Urmila said, “I will be attending few events in Pune but more than the remuneration, what appeals to me more is the opportunity to meet my fans.“

MANASI NAIK
Previous remuneration: `1.5 lakh
Current remuneration: `2-3 lakh
Boost in popularity due to Item songs
Manasi's popularity as an item girl supersedes her success as an actor, which explains her high demand at such events. She has been consistently performing her item numbers like Rickshawala, Alifiya etc at various events. What gives Manasi an edge is that unlike many other actresses, who fearing crowd frenzy, are unwilling to shake a leg at such events, she has no such reservations.

Speaking about her schedule during the Dahi Handi festival, Manasi said, “I will be performing in Mumbai, Aurangabad, Nashik and Pune. I have always looked at this as a professional opportunity and have charged an amount that I am comfortable performing for. Apart from this I just love the masti and energy of this festival.“

SMITA GONDKAR
Previous remuneration: `70,000
Current remuneration: `1-1.5 lakh
Boost in popularity due to Controversial personal life, recent projects
Despite having disappeared from the film scene due to turmoil in her personal life some years back, Smita was in news last year after she came out in the open about her failed marriage to a politician. The news attracted eyeballs, following which Smita re-established herself as an actor after this year's release Premacha Jholjhal.

Her recent item song Pappi de Paru la, which portrays her in a sexy avatar also gained immense popularity. She will now be seen in an upcoming Bollywood film Main Hoon Rajinikanth.
Speaking about her schedule for the festival, Smita said,“I will be visiting three places in Pune and one in Mumbai for Dahi Handi. How much an actor charges depends on hisher popularity and the number of releases they have had. Last year was not very good for me as I was just beginning my second stint in the industry but this year I received a lot of appreciation for my role in Premacha Jholjhal.“

TEJASHREE PRADHAN
FEES: `90,000- 1 LAKH P
opular as Honar Sun Mi Ya Gharchi's Janhavi, Tejashree is one of the most in demand actors this year for the Dahi Handi festival. Speaking about her schedule on Dahi Handi this year, she said, “I have one Dahi Handi event in Mumbai and four in Pune. Such events provide me an opportunity to meet and see the response of my fans.

SHASHANK KETKAR
FEES: `90,000-1 LAKH
Honar Sun Mi Ya Gharchi's Tejashree, Shashank is another one of the most in demand actors for this year's Dahi Handi celebrations.
Speaking about his Dahi Handi experience, he said, “This year I will be attending three Dahi Handi events and while I like going for such things I also feel that such events can be managed in a much better manner. Also I fully support the new rule which prohibits the participation of young children. I will be attending one event with Tejashree.

DHANASHREE KADGAONKAR
FEES: `40,000-60,000
Dhanashree Kadgaonkar is popular among masses as Mahima and later Arohi of Gandha Fulancha Gela Sangun and has been a favourite of Dahi Handi event organisers for past three years.

Speaking about this year's Dahi Handi festival, Dhanashree said,“I have four Dahi Handi events to attend -two in Mumbai and Pune each. I will also be per forming at one of the Mumbai events in Thane. The live response to a dance num ber is some thing that I have missed for long time and so I am ea gerly looking forward to it.

PRAJAKTA MALI
FEES: `90,000-1 LAKH
Prajakta who found popularity as Julun Yeti Reshimgathi's Meghana is in a lot of demand, thanks to her television s h o w being on the top slot for the past few weeks. She said, “I like attending events as they are an opportunity to connect with my fans. This year I am attending two Dahi Handis in the morning in Mumbai and four events in Pune in the evening.

PRIYA MARATHE
FEES: `90,000
Priya shot to fame as Tu Tithe Mee's Priya.
Though the serial went off air three months ago, her popularity has remained intact.
Speaking on her Dahi Handi engagements this year, the actor said, “For the past two years I have been attending many Dahi Handi events and they are a lot of fun. This year I will be attending two Dahi Handi events in Aurangabad.

TANVI PALAV
FEES: `50,000
Tanvi Palav who shot to fame as Pranjal of Javai Vikat Ghene Aahe is much in demand for perform ances as well at Dahi Handi ap pearance events this year.

Speaking about her Dahi Handi schedule this year, Tanvi said, “I am attending four Dahi Handi events and am very con siderate when it comes to budgets as a lot depends on the capacity of the or ganisers. For me it is more important to pro mote this traditional event. I also performed the musi cal Krishapriya at Iskcon temple on the occasion of Krishna Janmashtami. I may also travel to Islampur for a Dahi Handi event.

Young actor Ketaki Mategaonkar of Timepass and Shala fame, too is in demand this year. Sources say that Ketaki, who played the role of a teenager in both these films is charging almost a lakh per event.
(All amounts mentioned in the article are approximate and source based)

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