Karan Johar expressed his displeasure with the fee hikes that occurred during the pandemic, where actors cited their previous films’ failures or the fact that they had yet to be released as justifications.
Karan Johar, a filmmaker, is ‘fed up’ with the constant rise in actor fees, particularly among the younger generation of actors. Karan was even more enraged that these fee increases occurred during the pandemic, with actors citing their previous films’ failures or the lack of a release as justifications.
Karan Johar told The Film Companion that their management has provided them with information regarding digital releases and recovery. They were “beyond delusional,” he said. Karan Johar and Zoya Akhtar both expressed their dissatisfaction with the technicians’ and actors’ remuneration. Reema Kagti, who was also present, explained why it was sometimes difficult to cut the budget, as well as why it was difficult to have such discussions with actors who didn’t seem to understand the issues. KJo went on to say that making deals with megastars who bring in business is understandable, but he is perplexed by the demands of the younger generations.
“There is a younger order that has yet to demonstrate its box office muscle,” he said. They are requesting a sum of Rs 20-30 crores. Why? Then you want to hand them a report card and tell them, “Hello, this is how your movie started.” When asked how a production company like Dharma Productions can’t turn down actors, he said that while it’s possible to get a better deal than other companies, it’s not fair. “I’d rather pay top dollar to members of the technical crew who contribute to the film’s uniqueness.” He questions why he pays 15 crores to some actors and Rs 55 lakhs to an editor.
Karan Johar has launched a number of starlets in recent years, including Alia Bhatt in 2012, Ananya Panday in 2019 and Janhvi Kapoor in 2018. Sanjay Kapoor’s daughter Shanaya is also set to be launched by him. Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahaani, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, marks Karan Johar’s return to filmmaking. Takht, a historical drama, is another project he is working on.