On July 24, 2012, we told you how most actors including Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, Ajay Devgn, Ranbir Kapoor and even Katrina Kaif have decided to pay their staff out of their own pockets.
However, there is one man who is still not ready to follow the tide. Sanjay Dutt, on the sets of KS Ravikumar’s next — a Bollywood rendition of south blockbuster Samy, has decided to let his staff claim their salary from the makers. Needless to say, producer TP Agarwal is quite miffed with the actor’s decision.
According to a source close to the film, Dutt told Agarwal that he has reduced his personal staff by 50 per cent. However, he would want Agarwal to bear the cost of the remaining. “Agarwal is optimistic, he hopes to prevail upon Dutt’s decision,” added the source. But at the moment, the actor, perhaps unaware of the norm followed by his peers, is not willing to relent.
Incidentally, it is Dutt’s close friends Mukesh and Mahesh Bhatt who spearheaded the campaign and convinced stars to bear their staffs’ expenses. According to sources from Bhatts’ office in Khar, the VP of Film and Television Producers Guild, Mukesh Bhatt would sit Dutt down and make him understand if he continues to ask his producers to pay.
The producers’ plight began with the imposition of a 12.36 per cent service tax on actors. At the time, several filmmakers had mentioned that they were worried that the additional tax would eventually be passed on to them.
In fact, a senior filmmaker, on the request of anonymity, told TOI, “Would you believe that instead of 60-70 people who should ideally comprise a film unit, we were recently having 120-130 people? That much manpower is just not necessary. The personal staff of certain actors was asking for an exhorbitant remuneration. Some drivers and spot boys were demanding Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 a day. Make up artistes and hairdressers were asking for Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 a day. If this is what is going to continue, the whole exercise of levying a service tax is futile.”
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