Hindi films should control high budgets: Gokhale

PTI, PANAJI | 29 November 2011 23:16 IST

Veteran actor Vikram Gokhale feels there should be a control over the sky rocketing budgets of Hindi films, which get inflated because of the high fees being paid to the top stars.

The actor, who played Aishwarya Rai''s strict father in ''Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam'', has been a part of a number of Bollywood and Marathi films.

Gokhale said that the films are made with Rs 50 crore budget of which stars get paid Rs 10-15 crore, discouraging honest film producers from venturing into filmmaking.

"What happens to the honest producer who wants to make serious films? Making a film is like entering in the dark cave. I have seen many producers vanishing in it (cave). There should be control on the expenses of a film," the actor said.

Gokhale, who is in International Film Festival of India (IFFI) to present his film ''Ha Bharat Majha'', said he is discussing the issue with Maharashtra Chief Minister.

"There could be a committee and I might be a part of it," he said, adding that the committee would study the issue.

"If you consider film as a business, you need to understand the finances of it." 

Expressing surprise over producers who do not mind losing crores on their film, Gokhale said, "We need to ask them about the source of this money, which they are ready to lose. Has it been stolen from somewhere?" 

His film ''Ha Bharat Majha'' is a part of Indian Panorama section of IFFI 2011.

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