New Delhi: Film producer Bhushan Kumar praises actor Kartik Aaryan as he opens up on ever-increasing actor fees and its impact on the type of films producers are able to make and the overall budget of the film. Kumar shared that if an actor has a huge price tag, budget cuts are made in other departments. The producer praised Kartik and said he had financially supported their upcoming movie “Shehzaada.” The two had even collaborated on Annes Bazmee’s recent director Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, which was a huge box office hit. The film also stars Tabu and Kiara Advani.
“People today want to see larger than life cinema and you have to invest a lot of money to make these films. Such films cannot be made without the support of the actors and to their credit, many of them they are doing it now. For example, Kartik, he supported us a lot. This factor is very important to make a big budget film. Today, if the actor’s fee is higher, we compromise on the budget.” Bhushan told Pinkvilla.
Bhushan and Kartik have a long association, apart from ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ and the upcoming movie ‘Shehzaada’, the two had also collaborated for ‘Pati Patni Aur Woh’.
Kumar explained that not every movie earning Rs 100 crore has to be profitable.
“Not every movie needs to earn Rs 100 crore. Our movie, Pati Patni Aur Woh made 92 crore and it’s a Super Hit. Today, Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 made Rs 150 crore, but we would have been in a happy space even at Rs 80 to 90 crore. Our next movie is Shehzada, and we would like it to do better than Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, but that’s not a benchmark, because the finances of that movie are different. Kartik supported us financially during turbulent times and hats off,” he shared.
Rohit Dhawan directed ‘Shehzada’ with Kartik opposite Kriti Sanon. The film is the official Hindi remake of the hit Telugu film “Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo”. Earlier, there were reports that Kartik threatened to quit the film. He reportedly did this as the original Telugu filmmakers planned to re-release the film in Hindi belt theaters.