South Superstar Mahesh Babu has sparked a controversy with his remarks on Bollywood at the trailer launch event of Adivi Sesh's film Major. The actor had said that 'Bollywood can’t afford' him and thus he does not want to waste his time. Many celebs have reacted to Mahesh’s this controversial statement and the latest one to voice his opinions is producer Mukesh Bhatt. In a recent interview, Bhatt asserted that if Hindi cinema cannot work to his expectations, then there is nothing wrong with what Mahesh said.
India Today quoted Mukesh Bhatt saying, “If Bollywood can’t afford his price, then very good. I wish him all the best. I respect where he comes from. He has talent and he has an ‘X’ value for the talent that he has generated over the years. He is a very successful actor and keeping to his requisite of what he wants to get in terms of gratification of our films, if Bollywood cannot work to his expectations, then there is nothing wrong with it. I wish him all the best. Each one to its own.”
He further asked why anyone should be offended by a ‘price tag’. “If I have to work for somebody for free, it is my choice. If I am charging Rs 100 crore for something, it is my choice as well. Having said that, there is no fixed price in our industry. I have worked with an actor who worked for half the price of how much he originally quoted and visa-versa. Here, directors, actors, heroes, and their fees change person-to-person based on our associations. This industry is a dispensary of human emotions - it is not a mortal industry,” Mukesh explained. ALSO READ: SHOCKING! Mahesh Babu Declines Offers From Bollywood, Says, ‘They Can't Afford Me, I Don't Want To Waste My Time’
Mukesh Bhatt then elaborated on how various factors determine the pricing of an actor, director, or film. He mentioned that it depends on the actor's relationship with the makers or his desire to work with a particular filmmaker. Sometimes, it so happens that if an actor has a desire to work with a very successful director, and when it happens, the actor ends up working for free or some people go out of their way to do things.
For the unversed, speaking to media at the trailer launch of his production venture ‘Major’ in Hyderabad, Mahesh Babu had said, “I may sound arrogant, I did get a lot of offers in Hindi. But I think they can't afford me. I don't want to waste my time. The stardom and love I have here in Telugu cinema, I never thought of going to another industry. I always thought I will do films here and they will become bigger, and my belief is turning into a reality now. I can't be happier.”
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