Producer Bhushan Kumar on actors demanding high fees: Why should we give you money and suffer loss? | Hindi Movie News
The producer said to Pinkvilla that while most actors understand the market and charge accordingly, there are some who are rigid about their fees. He said that the producers now choose not to work with them as many have suffered massive losses in big ticket films, and it is not fair for the producers especially when the actors earn a whopping amount. “Still there are some actors, who refuse to slash their fee. So we are not working with them. Why should we bear the loss? We tell them, ‘Why we should give you money and we suffer loss, when you earn such a big amount?'”
Bhushan revealed that unlike earlier the makers now take their time to work out the statistics if an actor like a script, and decide whether it is viable for them, the report stated.
Speaking to ETimes earlier, producer Ratan Jain had said, “Before 2005, I had never priced an actor above 2.5 crore, be it Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn or any other actor. But after the corporates came in, the same price hiked to 20 crore, 25 crore, 50 crore, 100 crore…There was no regulation. The star system existed since the 1960s. But back then, the actors’ fee was reasonable. It’s true the audience won’t go to watch a film without a star. There are very few films that work on their merit with a newcomer in the lead. So that star system will stay, and there is no problem with it. But if the stars become unreasonable, a producer may have to sell his house. Now some actors have started coming forward and becoming partners for films. But the share that they are asking for also needs to be considered. Some ask for 50 percent, some ask for 80 percent, some even ask for 90 percent share!”