Star salaries must be balanced with the film’s budget: Alia Bhatt

RECOGNIZING THE economic impact of the pandemic on the film industry, star actor and producer Alia Bhatt told Express Adda on Monday that both producers and stars are engaged in a “reassessment” on the issue of A-lister salaries and whether they should be balanced against the film’s budget.

Responding to a question about whether there was any correction to the price being charged by stars, especially amid a reappraisal after the pandemic, and at a time when several Hindi films have flopped at the box office, Bhatt said: “I agree that it should happen.. I am not a producer of numbers but a creative producer. But I understand that it’s the content that draws people to theaters, while the stars and star values ​​add layers. For that aspect it should be balanced because you are not charging the budget of the film… But hey, I am not one to tell anyone what they should charge, kyunki mein toh choti hun.”

She said, “In general, I’m sure all the producers are thinking that some reassessment (on star fees) needs to be done. Even the stars are thinking that way. A lot of times, an actor charges a certain fee and when the movie doesn’t go well, they don’t charge the balance fee. They even return the money. But we don’t do public relations for that. No one is fleecing anyone.”

Interacting with Anant Goenka, Executive Director, the indian express Group, and The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta during the Express Adda, Bhatt also offered various points of view as a member of the film industry.

alia bhatt, alia bhatt express adda, alia bhatt interview, alia bhatt new video, shamshera, ranbir kapoor, darlings He is currently looking forward to the release of his Netflix feature Darlings, under his production company Eternal Sunshine. (Photo Express by Amit Chakravarty)

Commenting on several big-budget Hindi films that failed to achieve box office success, Bhatt said: “It was a difficult year for Indian cinema in general. We should be nicer to Hindi cinema. Movies from the South did well, but are we counting the total number of movies that have done well?… We are constantly reassessing overall consumer behavior. At the end of the day, it’s a business.”

One of India’s best contemporary actors, Bhatt spoke about taking criticism in stride. “I have been one of those people who has randomly dealt with hate, especially online. Beyond a point, you don’t care about all that. It is a free country, anyone can say what they want. So, I can’t say: ‘Mere-ko bura lag raha hai’. Bura lag raha hai toh dessert khao (I’m upset. If that’s the case, eat some dessert),’” the 29-year-old said.

alia bhatt, alia bhatt express adda, alia bhatt interview, alia bhatt new video, shamshera, ranbir kapoor, darlings Speaking about the box office competition between Hindi cinema and regional cinema, Alia said that this has been a difficult year for Indian cinema in general. (Photo Express by Amit Chakravarty)

With her intimate but much talked about wedding in April with actor Ranbir Kapoor and the announcement of her pregnancy, Bhatt has entered a new stage in her life. Professionally, she will officially become a producer with the release of Darlings, a dark comedy made by her production company Eternal Sunshine in collaboration with Red Chillies Entertainment. “Honestly, I don’t remember how it happened. Maybe I got to that point, where I’m headlining a movie and thinking, ‘Why not produce it?’” she said.

Starring Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma, and Roshan Mathew, Darlings premieres on Netflix on August 5. Bhatt will next be seen sharing screen space with Ranbir Kapoor for the first time in Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy drama Brahmastra Part One: Shiva.

Emphasizing the importance of good stories and engaging content, she said, “I don’t want to tell only women-centric movies, I want to tell good stories…stories that mean something to the audience, that leave them with some lingering thoughts. ”

alia bhatt, alia bhatt express adda, alia bhatt interview, alia bhatt new video, shamshera, ranbir kapoor, darlings “A good movie will always do well,” Alia said while talking about content that works at the box office. (Photo Express by Amit Chakravarty)

The actress also revealed that her production house has been on the lookout for good scripts as well as talented writers and directors who “don’t know how to break through.” “My effort is to find interesting content and put our power behind it,” she said.

“What makes a star?” Bhatt wondered. “It is love. There is also a certain type of star that will bring in the money at the box office. But that can’t happen now without content, ultimately it’s the power of content that draws audiences into theaters. Of course, there’s a certain larger-than-life experience on the big screen that it can’t replace. However, people should look for good content that stands the test of time. So stardom comes from the content you give people,” he said.

alia bhatt, alia bhatt express adda, alia bhatt interview, alia bhatt new video, shamshera, ranbir kapoor, darlings Alia Bhatt said that there is a lot of reassessment going on in the business side of movies. “No one is just sitting around eating popcorn and saying, ‘Jo hona hai hone do.’ Everybody cares. (Photo Express by Amit Chakravarty)

The actress, who debuted with karan johar-Directed by Student of the Year (2012), she has delivered powerful performances in acclaimed films such as Highway (2014), Udta Punjab (2016), Raazi (2018), and Gully Boy (2019).

Earlier this year, he delivered a smash hit with the Sanjay Leela Bhansali-directed film. Gangubai Kathiawadi. Referring to this film, she said that playing the lead was her “most challenging role”, adding that she did not follow any specific process.

“I knew I had to play it completely from the heart. Since we wanted her story to reach a wider audience, we also tried to make it entertaining. That’s very difficult,” she said, adding that she likes to completely lose herself in someone else’s life. “That’s the most exciting part for me as an actor.”

Bhatt is set to make her Hollywood debut soon in Heart of Stone, opposite Jamie Dornan and Gal Gadot. “I didn’t have to put on an accent or wear patchwork ethnic clothing for the project. There is a need to see a whole range of characters. Everybody wants India. Look at our number, we have so much power,” she said.

When asked to share some acting advice based on her experience, Bhatt said, “Don’t take yourself so seriously.” Describing herself as “a little piece of the puzzle” on a movie set, she said: “Let’s just say I really don’t know how good I am. I love what I do.”

Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organized by the Indian Express Group and features those at the center of change.

Union Minister for Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari, Electoral Strategist Prashan KishorUnion Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs and Oil and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri and Union Minister for Health Mansukh Mandaviya were among the previous guests at Adda.

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