Recently, Disney India and Balaji Motion Pictures drew the curtains on Hindi film production due to the losses they faced in last few years. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, who also suffered a loss with Bombay Velvet, believes that production houses suffer loses because few producers overpay Bollywood actors such as Salman Khan, Shah Rukh, Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar.
Anurag Kashyap threw light on the unfair payment issue in Indian film industry. “We had four Bollywood actors (Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan) in the Forbes highest paid actors whereas the rest were Hollywood actors. The films starring the Hollywood actors earn in millions and billions but ours earn at max Rs 300 crore. But still, there are Indian actors on that list. So if you see the ratio on the list, business of the film vs income of the actor, there is a huge disparity. Actors from the industry where film earns Rs 300 crore is on the list and on the other hand, there are films which earn 1.2 billion in other industries and the actors are even below our actors on the list. So I hope you got where the issue is,” Anurag Kashyap said.
The filmmaker also cleared the air and said that he isn’t blaming the actors but the producers who are willing to pay them such high amount for films. He added, “I am not blaming the actors for this, all the blame should be passed on to the producers as they are ready to pay the actor such high amount. Why wouldn’t the actor take that money? If someone pays me, even I would take that.”