Producer Satish Kumar recently started a dialogue in the Tamil film industry by suggesting that actors, directors and music composers should take a 30 per cent pay cut because of the recent economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Mukesh Bhatt, former president of the Producers’ Guild, said, “It is no longer about profits but about sustainability. If the actors start taking pay cuts, everyone will follow. We need to fight this together.”
Filmmaker Mohit Suri, who will soon begin the production of ‘Ek Villain 2’ after the lockdown, said there has been no discussion on pay reduction so far. “All of us work as a family, and if it comes to pay cuts, we will take the step.” He also went on to say, “But there is partiality in the family. It will be unfair if directors and other actors are taking pay cuts while stars are not.”
Sara Ali Khan’s ‘Atrangi Re’ is also set to begin filming once the lockdown is lifted, reports Mid Day. The writer on the movie Himanshu Sharma said, “Aanand [L Rai, director] and I have been discussing how to tackle the situation; the conversation [about financial measures] is on. If one can afford to take a pay cut, they should do it. But it will be a personal choice.”
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