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Mukesh Bhatt REACTS on Mahesh Babu’s ‘Bollywood can’t afford me’ statement

Since yesterday, South superstar Mahesh Babu has been in the headlines for his controversial statement related to Bollywood. Mahesh Babu recently spoke out about why he doesn’t want to do Hindi films during the trailer presentation of Adivi Sesh’s Major. Due to his controversial statement, a lot of celebs and the audience took a dig at this situation and talked about their opinion, out of the others, one is filmmaker Mukesh Bhatt.

He had earlier said, “I always wanted to do Telugu films and wished people across India would watch it. And now when that is happening I’m very happy. I always had this strong opinion that my strength is Telugu films and the emotion I understand is the Telugu film emotion. “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.”

Reacting on Mahesh’s this statement, Mukesh Bhatt said, “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 said, “Why should anyone be offended by anybody’s 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.”

“Various factors determine the pricing of an actor, director, or film. It depends on his [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 just go out of their way to do things. I respect that emotion and we work on those emotions,” the filmmaker added.

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