Recognizing the economic impact of the pandemic on the film industry, actress and star producer Alia Bhatt told Express Adda on Monday that both producers and stars are engaged in a “reassessment” of the topic of A-listers’ salaries and whether they should be balanced. against the budget of the film.
Asked if there has been any correction in the price being charged to stars, especially amid a post-pandemic re-evaluation and at a time when many Indian films have failed at the box office, Bhatt said:I agree that it has to happen. I am not a numbers producer but a creative producer. But I understand that content is what brings people to theaters while star and star values add layers. As for this aspect, it should balance out because you’re not loading the budget for the movie… but then, I’m not one to tell anyone what they should be charging, kyunki min toh choti hun. “
She said, “In general, I’m sure all the producers think that there should be some re-evaluation (on the stars’ fees). Even the stars think this way. A lot of times, an actor gets a certain fee, and when a movie doesn’t do well, they don’t get charged. Balance. They even return the money. But we don’t do PR for that. Nobody cheats anyone.”
Dealing with Anant Goenka, CEO, Indian Express Group, and fast Indian film critic Shubhra Gupta, during Express Adda, also Bhat He presented many ideas as a film industry insider.
Commenting on several big-budget Indian films that failed to achieve success at the box office, Bhatt said, “It’s been a tough year for Indian cinema in general. We should be kinder to Indian cinema. Southern films have done well, but are we counting the number?” Gross for which films have done well?… We are constantly re-evaluating overall consumer behavior. At the end of the day, it’s work.”
One of India’s best contemporary actors, Bhatt has spoken about receiving criticism in her stride. “I was one of those people who encountered random hate, especially online. Beyond a point, you don’t care about all that. It’s a free country, anyone can say whatever they want. So, I can’t be like, ‘Mere-ko bura’ lag raha hai The 29-year-old said, “Pura lag raha hai tuh khawi candy (I’m upset. If that’s the case, eat some candy)”.
With her much-talked-about wedding in April with actor Ranbir Kapoor and the announcement of her pregnancy, Bhatt has entered a new phase in her life. Professionally, she will become an official producer with the release of Darlings, a black comedy produced by her production company, Eternal Sunshine in association with Red Chillies Entertainment. “Honestly, I don’t remember how it happened. I might have gotten to that point, where I’m heading into a movie, and thinking, ‘Why don’t we make it?'” she said.
Featuring Shefali Shah, Vijay Varma and Roshan Mathew, The Darlings releases on Netflix on August 5. Next, Bhatt will appear sharing screen space with Ranbir Kapoor for the first time in Ayan Mukerji’s fantasy drama Brahmastra Part 1: Shiva.
Emphasizing the importance of good stories and engaging content, she said, “I don’t want to tell women-focused films alone, I want to tell good stories…stories that mean something to the audience, leaving them with some lingering ideas.”
The actress also revealed that her production house was looking for good scripts as well as talented writers and directors who “don’t know how to break in”. “I strive to find interesting content and put our strength behind it,” she said.
“What makes a star?” Bhatt wondered. “It’s love. There is also a certain kind of star that brings in money at the box office. But that can’t happen now without content, after all it’s the power of content that draws audiences to movie theaters. Of course, there’s a certain experience that’s bigger than life on the big screen. You can’t replace it.However, people have to look for good content that will stand the test of time.So stardom comes from the content you provide to people.
The actress, who made her debut with Student of the Year (2012) directed by Karan Johar, has given strong performances in popular films like Highway (2014), Udta Punjab (2016), Raazi (2018) and Gully Boy (2019).
Earlier this year, she had a hit with Sanjay Leela Bhansali directed by Jangopi Kathyawadi. Referring to this film, she said playing the titular hero was her “most challenging role,” adding that she did not follow any specific process.
“I knew I had to play it all from the heart. Because we wanted her story to reach a larger audience, we were also trying to make it entertaining. This is really hard,” she said, adding that she likes to completely lose herself in someone else’s life. It’s exciting for me to be an actor.”
Bhatt is set to make her Hollywood debut soon with Heart of Stone, alongside Jamie Dornan and Gal Gadot. “I didn’t have to wear an accent or wear some ethnic patchwork for the project. There is a need to see a whole cast of characters. Everyone wants India. Look at our number, we have a lot of power.”
When asked to share advice about acting based on her experience, Bhatt said, “Don’t take yourself too seriously.” Describing herself as a “small piece of the puzzle” on set, she said, “Let’s 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 featuring those at the center of change.
The Union Minister for External Affairs S Jaishankar, Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari, Electoral Strategist Prashant Kishore, Union Minister for Housing, Urban Affairs, Oil and Natural Gas Hardeep Singh Puri and Federal Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia were. Among Adda’s previous guests.