Kabir Khan and Kartik Aaryan discuss star fees and overhead costs

Kartik Aaryan and director, Kabir Khan are doing their interview rounds with different media houses to promote their upcoming film, Chandu Champion.

In one such interview, the duo talked about how there should be a healthy discussion when discussing a film’s budget. They also feel that the debate regarding rising star fees and overhead costs is stepping in the right direction.

This is because today’s Bollywood films are performing rather poorly at the box office and fans often talk and speculate about it.

Even the celeb’s entourage also demands heavy fees from producers, almost emptying the latter’s purse.

Meanwhile, Aaryan firmly believes that all the calculations regarding the film should add up properly.

There are so many rights of a film when it releases. So you get an ‘x’ amount of money out of it. If your star value and the entire project’s value gives profit to the entire team, I think then the math adds up. If it doesn’t, then you have to, you should take a cut… It’s a healthy discussion.

Kabir Khan explains how there have been industry shifts

Known for giving major blockbuster hits such as ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ and ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, both starring Salman Khan, says that this discussion has arisen since Bollywood saw a dynamic change after the COVID pandemic.

It’s a healthy debate and it’s getting a positive response from actors, directors, and producers. Their audiences, their viewing patterns changed, their habit of coming to theatres got diminished. So there was this whole debate about that if that’s diminishing, what are the other avenues where we can earn money from?

Adding further, Khan says,

OTT stepped in as another large part of the revenue. But what happens is that at whatever point, the industry faces a little tough time and sees that maybe the recovery is not happening the way it used to, obviously there will be an attempt to control the budgets.

To Kabir’s comment, Kartik echoed his sentiments and completely agreed with the director’s statement saying,

I feel the same way. I’ve been all-in in all my films. My whole thing is that mathematics has to add up. That’s the main thing. That’s also what sir was saying.

Kabir Khan’s last film was ’83’, which is a sports drama depicting India’s victorious 1983 ODI World Cup campaign.

According to the director, everyone has to be flexible and on the same page to decide how to control costs.

Kartik is happy with how every stakeholder in a film is willing to find better ways

Having acted in films such as ‘Bhool Bhulaiyya 2’ and ‘Satyaprem Ki Katha’, Kartik feels that every stakeholder in today’s times is looking for better ways to support the film industry and working towards achieving that goal.

I don’t see actors also having any problems as such or even directors or producers because it’s something that will benefit everyone. Having said that, there have been changes in a way post COVID. Audiences are way particular about the kind of films they want to watch in theatres. There is a lot of content that they are getting.

Adding further, Aaryan says,

Of course, there are many avenues now to watch the content, which is why we need to be smart about this or that the entire ecosystem is beneficial to everyone whether it’s platforms, actors, directors, producers or theatres. It’s never an ‘or’, but an ‘and’. That’s something we are really looking towards.

Kartik Aaryan’s upcoming film ‘Chandu Champion’ will hit cinemas on 14th June. The actor has portrayed the role of India’s first Paralympic gold medallist Murlikant Petkar and follows him in various ages and phases that include being an Indian Army soldier, a wrestler, a boxer, a 1965 war veteran, and a swimmer.

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