The filmmaker and some industry folk react to Hrithik Roshan's statement
All this is being done because of their personal egos. It is like saying, “Meri kameez teri kameez se ujli hai.” I feel that in most cases numbers are inflated and in this age of computerisation, one can easily find out the actual business of the film. In the old days, there were values, but people today are unscrupulous.
I remember after Ganga Jamuna released, Raj Kapoor, who was shooting in Bangalore, called Dilip Kumar at midnight and told him, “Aaj tune prove kar diya ke tu industry ka sabse bada hero hain.” A gesture like that is unheard of in today’s times.
-- J P Choksey, distributor and film historian
Competition is a fact of life. Downplaying your rival’s achievements is not new in showbiz. Star wars are not any different from gang wars.
-- Mahesh Bhatt, filmmaker
Every actor or actress wants his or her film’s earnings to be higher than the other’s.
-- Ramesh Taurani, filmmaker
We often get calls from actors asking about the business of another actor’s film. Criticising the film, they even say that the numbers are much lesser than that projected by the actor’s or producer’s office.
-- Vikas Mohan, trade analyst