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When Salim Khan-Javed Akhtar charged more than Amitabh Bachchan!

Writers around the globe are acknowledged to be the key for a movie's success but it is pathetic that Bollywood has always given them a step motherly treatment. However the writers' pair, who changed the trend and demanded remunerations at par with stars, are unarguably the only star writer duo Salim Javed, who penned hit movies like Sholay, Deewaar, Zanjeer, Don, Trishul, Shakti, Mr. India etc.

Salim Khan in an interview said, "The reason why we demanded such high remunerations was because we were confident of our skills and wrote scripts that were hard-bound, a trend that was initiated by us."

Recalls Salim Khan, "When I used to assist distinguished writer Abrar Alvi (He wrote hit films like Pyaasa, Kaagaz Ke Phool, Chaudvin Ka Chand etc.) in the mid-50s, I always used to insist him to increase his remuneration standard reasoning writers are the backbone of the film and

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