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Karan Johar says 50 percent of profits are taken over by ‘delusional’ actors: “It is harder to negotiate with them than with the distributors”

en Bollywood News Karan Johar says 50 percent of profits are taken over by ‘delusional’ actors: “It is harder to negotiate with them than with the distributors”

The filmmaker and producer appeared on the Masters’ Union podcast, discussing how the budget is divided among the actors, producers, directors, and theatre owners.

Over the years, Karan Johar has spoken about how movie budgets are distributed amongst several parties. The filmmaker and producer appeared on the Masters’ Union podcast, discussing how the budget is divided among the actors, producers, directors, and theatre owners.

Karan Johar says 50 percent of profits are taken over by ‘delusional’ actors “It is harder to negotiate with them than with the distributors”

Karan Johar says 50 percent of profits are taken over by ‘delusional’ actors: “It is harder to negotiate with them than with the distributors”

Karan Johar said, “Unfortunately, the pie of it is with the movie stars, which should not be the case. It’s not that every movie star can open a film at every given point in time. But you are paying them top dollar. If it’s a big director then the divide is: 50 to the star and 30 to the director, a little more to the writer, and the producer is the last person to make the money.”

Johar also said that today's stars won’t enjoy the same kind of stardom that stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, and Amitabh Bachchan among others enjoy. He said, “Any of our new generation of movie stars can’t have the aura and magic of Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Aamir Khan, Mr Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgn and Hrithik Roshan; they were the last of the Mohicans.” He continued, “See fame and superstardom are two different things. You can be a YouTuber and be famous. But are you a superstar? Will people stop and stand in a line just because of you? That ain’t happening anymore.”

Elaborating on the distribution of the profits, Karan revealed, “In the superstars’ economics, 60-70% goes to the star. In the non-superstar economics, maybe 20, 30 and then divided by… if the director is big, then the writer, then technicians and then it gets divided equally after that.”

“It is harder to negotiate with the actors than with the distributors. Because there we are combating delusions. Delusion is one disease which has no vaccination. I can’t tell people the truth that you opened to this, this, this in the last four films, now why are you asking me for this? You ask me what you opened to. You are opening to Rs 5 crores, I should give you Rs. 5 crores,” added Karan.

He added about the delusional bit saying, “You don’t want to hurt or upset somebody, because eventually, they are stars, they come with fragile egos, they come with their management which is sometimes the bigger stars. I have a management agency of my own and I keep telling them, ‘Please, you must work for the producer and must not work for the actor.’ It’s not an unpragmatic producer, it’s someone who is giving you data and analysis, at least listen to him.”

Meanwhile, Karan Johar’s next film Rocky Aur Rani Ki Prem Kahani will release in theatres in April this year. It stars Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Dharmendra, Shabana Azmi and Jaya Bachchan.

ALSO READ: Karan Johar slams actors who charge Rs. 20 crore fee but can’t assure Rs. 5 cr box office opening: ‘Delusion is one disease that has no vaccine’


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