Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap has always had strong opinions. We remember his fight with the CBFC over the disclaimer in his films about cigarettes. Now he has shared his thoughts over the closure of film studios in India. Recently, Disney India by UTV Motion pictures pulled off their motion pictures division in India. Later, there were reports that Balaji motion pictures may also shut.
Over this, Anurag said, “We had four Bollywood actors (Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Amitabh Bachchan) in the Forbes highest paid actors whereas rest were Hollywood actors. The films starring the Hollywood actors earn in millions and billions but what our films earn at max is 300 crore. But still there are Indians in 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.”
He further elaborated, “Actors from the industry where film earns 300 crore is on the list and on the other hand, there are films which earn 1.2 billion in other industries but the actors are even below our actors on the list. So I hope you got where the issue is. 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. There are so many articles floating around the net wherein people have labelled ‘Mohenjo Daro’ and ‘Bombay Velvet’ as the biggest disasters and the blame is passed on these two films for the failure.”