Already the debate about regional language films doing well at the box office than the Bollywood films had created an uproar in the media amidst that superstar actor Mahesh Babu had made a statement saying “Bollywood can’t afford me” just added fuel to the fire. After that, there was a division of opinion on social media over his comments.
Later, several celebs from Bollywood reacted to his comments. Recently, senior producer of Bollywood Mukesh Bhatt shared his opinion on the same. He stated, “If Bollywood can’t afford his price, then very good. I wish him all the best. I respect where he comes from. He has talent and he has an ‘X’ value for the talent that he has generated over the years. He is a very successful actor and keeping to his requisite of what he wants to get in terms of gratification of our films, if Bollywood cannot work to his expectations, then there is nothing wrong with it. I wish him all the best. Each one to its own.”
He further added, “He continued, “Why should anyone be offended by anybody’s price tag? If I have to work for somebody for free, it is my choice. If I am charging Rs 100 crore for something, it is my choice as well. Having said that, there is no fixed price in our industry. I have worked with an actor who worked for half the price of how much he originally quoted and visa-versa. Here, directors, actors, heroes, and their fees change person-to-person based on our associations.”
“This industry is a dispensary of human emotions – it is not a mortal industry. Various factors determine the pricing of an actor, director, or film. It depends on his [the actor’s] relationship with the makers or his desire to work with a particular filmmaker. Sometimes, it so happens that if an actor has a desire to work with a very successful director, and when it happens, the actor ends up working for free or some people just go out of their way to do things. I respect that emotion and we work on those emotions,” he concluded.
However, after the uproar on social media Mahesh Babu has given clarification on his comment on Bollywood. The superstar actor’s team has issued a press note that has justified his stand. the press note reads, “Mahesh has clarified that he loves cinema and respects all languages. He said he is comfortable doing the film where he has been working. Mahesh said he is happy to see his dream coming true as Telugu cinema is going places,”