EXCLUSIVE: Mukesh Bhatt reveals why he was JUSTIFIED in paying just Rs. 7 lakhs to Anurag Basu for collectively directing Saaya and Murder

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Anurag Basu today is known as one of the finest directors of Bollywood. After having directed TV shows in the late 90s and early 2000s, the filmmaker had got a break in films thanks to Mukesh Bhatt. For his banner Vishesh Films, Anurag Basu made 4 films – Saaya (2003), Murder (2004), Tumsa Nahin Dekha (2004) and Gangster (2006). Since Gangster, he has been a favourite of the critics and classes, who further gave him accolades for his work in Life In A Metro (2007), Barfi (2012) and Ludo (2020).

 

EXCLUSIVE: Mukesh Bhatt reveals why he was JUSTIFIED in paying just Rs. 7 lakhs to Anurag Basu for collectively directing Saaya and Murder

 

In an interview with Mid-Day in December 2020, the filmmaker revealed that he was offered just Rs. 7 lakhs to direct both Saaya and Murder. In short, he received just Rs. 3.5 lakhs for each film! Moreover, Anurag Basu had told Mukesh Bhatt that he’ll charge Rs. 7 lakh for one film. The producer paid him that amount, but for two films. Interestingly, Anurag didn’t mind and stated, “It was my stepping stone, I was just an outsider, getting to learn a lot; I would have done it for free.”

 

Mukesh Bhatt exclusively spoke to Bollywood Hungama recently, on the occasion of his 69th birthday. When asked to comment on this episode, Mukesh Bhatt said, “I don’t remember the exact figure (that was paid to Anurag Basu). But that’s what the prices were at that point, right? Also, he was a new director whom I was giving a break. Moreover, John Abraham was also a newcomer. We had just given him a break in Jism (2003) and Saaya was his immediate next. So, for a film comprising a newcomer and a new director, what recovery can you expect?”

 


 

Mukesh Bhatt continued, “See, it’s never the producer who pays the wages. He only handles the money. It’s the project that pays the wages to everybody in the film – the actor, the director and even the producer. The producer is doing a job of handling the money.”

 

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