Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

The 'downfall' of Bollywood was evident in 2022 after several big-budget movies bombed at the box office. Following that several A-listed filmmakers have opened up about the matter. Apart from the huge fees, the outrageous demands of actors and their entourage costs have dented the film business. The increased expenses are breaking the back of producers. Even ace Bollywood filmmakers like Karan Johar, Bhushan Kumar and Farah Khan recently opened up about the exorbitant fees of movie stars that are affecting the health of the film economy. However, filmmaker Anurag Kashyap recently lauded the Khan trio, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan for not charging fees for their films.

Anurag has often raised the issue of actors charging high soon after delivering a blockbuster. However, during a recent interview, he revealed about the Khan trio and said the reason behind SRK, Sallu and Aamir's films not being costly.

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During the interview with Bollywood Bubble, Anurag talked about the unnecessary demands of actors and 50-60 per cent of the production cost as star fees. 

Anurag said, "Jab aap film banate ho, toh film banane se jyada kharcha faltu cheezon mein jaata hai. Actors ki fees se dikkat nahi kyuki wo market dictate karti hai (When you make a film, more money is spent on useless things than on production. Actors do not care about their fees because the market dictates them)."

Further, he talked about himself and said, "Mai jaisi filmein banata hu mai limit mein rehta hu, kayi baar mai apni fees forfeit bhi kar deta hu. Maine life mein 60% se jyada filmon mein zero fees pe kaam kiya hai (I have stayed within the limits of the kind of films I have made, and sometimes I have even forfeited my fees. More than 60 per cent of the films in my life, I have worked on zero fees).”

Talking about his movie, Anurag added, "Biggest example is Gangs of Wasseypur. My fees was zero because I didn’t want to replace actors with big stars."

Praising the Khan Trio, Anurag said, "Mai bade actors ke saath kaam nahi karta, lekin sabse jyada cost-conscious industry mein humare teen bade stars hai- Shah Rukh, Salman aur Aamir. Teeno fees nahi lete film mein. Wo har film backend lete hai. Unki koi film costly nahi hoti (I don’t work with big actors. But the most cost-conscious persons in our industry are the three big stars we have – Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir. They do not charge fees for their films. They take backend in their films. Hence, none of their films are costly).”

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Well, the Khan Trio comprising Shah Rukh, Salman and Aamir have already achieved the peak. They are considered idols by many aspiring actors. Such a strategy of the superstars is certainly a lesson for those who dream of achieving the position the Khans enjoy now.

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