‘If Bollywood can’t afford Mahesh Babu, then very good’: Mukesh Bhatt reacts to actor’s statements, says ‘each to his own’
After saying that Bollywood couldn’t ‘afford’ him, actor Mahesh Babu found himself in hot water. He also stated that he received numerous Hindi film offers, but that he couldn’t afford to waste his time. Producer Mukesh Bhatt reacted to Mahesh’s statements, saying that nothing he said was incorrect.
“If Bollywood can’t afford his price, then very good,” Mukesh Bhatt told India Today. I wish him the best of luck. I understand where he’s coming from. He has talent, and the talent he has generated over the years has a ‘X’ value. He is a very successful actor, and if Bollywood cannot meet his expectations in terms of gratification from our films, then there is nothing wrong with it. I wish him the best of luck. “To each his own.”
He went on to say that no one should be offended by a “price tag.” “I have the option of working for free for someone. It is also my choice if I charge Rs 100 crore for something. Having said that, our industry does not have a set price. I’ve worked with actors who agreed to work for half the price they originally quoted, and vice versa. “Here, directors, actors, heroes, and their fees vary from person to person based on our associations,” he continued, adding that the industry is a “dispensary” of mortal emotions but not a mortal one.
Earlier, Mahesh Babu sparked a hornet’s nest when he mentioned doing a Hindi film during a media interaction at the trailer launch of Major. “I’m not sure if I’d come across as arrogant.” I received numerous offers from Hindi. However, the simple fact is that I do not believe they can afford me. I can’t afford to waste time. The level of respect I receive here. This is the kind of celebrity I get here. I never considered leaving one industry to pursue another. I’ve always assumed that if you make films here, the audience will grow. My conviction is now proving to be correct. “I’m overjoyed,” he said.
Later, he elaborated on his position. “I’ve always wanted to make Telugu movies.” And I’ve always wished for Telugu films to do well in the United States. Why, I believe, should we leave our current industry to pursue another? I’m overjoyed that our films have made it there (in North India). Our films are doing well across India, and my dream is becoming a reality,” Mahesh said.
Mahesh Babu is currently promoting Sarkaru Vaari Paata, which is set to hit theatres on May 12. Parasuram wrote and directed the film, which also stars Keerthy Suresh, Samuthirakani, Vennela Kishore, and Subbaraju.
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