Chandu Champion actor Kartik Aaryan addresses fees cut, says “everyone associated with film has to earn”

Kartik Aaryan is gearing up for the release of his upcoming movie Chandu Champion directed by Kabir Khan. The film is a biographical sports drama based on the life of  India's first Paralympics gold medallist Murlikant Petkar. The actor who essays the lead has always been vocal about fee cuts and thinks of producers' profit. Recently the discussion of actors charging hefty fees for a movie arose. Once again during the interviews of Chandu Champion, Kartik Aaryan addressed the topic stating anyone associated with his films needs to earn. 

In a recent interview with Film Companion, Kartik said, “I have been very conscious about it that my producers or anybody associated with my film has to earn. If a star is getting that value of a revenue from digital rights, satellite rights, or from theatrical business… if that adds up, I think there is the scope of getting some kind of fees, but if it doesn’t, then you have to lower your price. I don’t work with the mindset saari duniya mein kuch ho, main toh kamaunga. It can’t be like I’m the only one who’s earning.”

The actor further added, “My producers and directors are aware of this and I am sure that a lot of actors are also doing that. It is good for the larger eco-system. Apart from the reviews, we also need box-office numbers. Main hamesha apni fee kam karne ko ready rehta hoon. Because there are lots and lots of people involved in the film and sabke ghar chalne hai. Sabke gharpe kaam hona chhaiye. Day and night, everybody’s working so hard. So everyone needs some kind of profitability.”

In his previous film Shehzada, Kartik Aaryan refused to take money due to producers financial crisis. He was tagged as a producer in Rohit Dhawan’s directorial. Chandu Champion directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala will hit theaters on June 27, 2024.