“Bollywood is not a company. How can he generalise?”- Ram Gopal Varma on Mahesh Babu’s, ” Bollywood can’t afford me” remark

In an interview with India Today, Ram Gopal Varma recently shared his opinion on Mahesh Babu’s ‘Bollywood can’t afford me’ remark.

Ram Gopal Varma, like Mukesh Bhatt, has expressed his thoughts on Mahesh Babu’s recent controversial remarks about Bollywood. When asked about his aspirations to enter Bollywood, the South Superstar sparked a discussion at the trailer presentation event of his production company Major. Everyone was taken aback when Mahesh claimed that Bollywood can’t afford him and that he doesn’t want to waste his time. RGV has now responded and expressed his  “context is not understood.”

Ram Gopal claimed in a recent interview with India Today that he doesn’t understand what Mahesh Babu meant by his statement. The filmmaker further stated that ‘Bollywood’ is not a firm, but rather a term coined by the media, therefore Mahesh Babu cannot generalize it. According to Ram Gopal Varma, “It is his choice as an actor. But I honestly didn’t understand what he meant by Bollywood can’t afford him. I am still unable to figure out what he meant by that because the point is, if you see the recent South Indian films, they were dubbed and released and they made whatever money they did.”

He further mentioned, “Also, first of all, Bollywood is not a company. It is a label given by the media. An individual movie company or a production house will ask you to do a film at a particular cost, so how can he generalize Bollywood, I don’t understand that. Bollywood is not a company, so his context is not understood.”

Mukesh Bhatt previously told India Today that he respects Mahesh Babu’s origins and that he has an ‘X’ value for the talent he has produced over the years. According to a snippet from his remarks,  “If Bollywood can’t afford his price, then very good. I wish him all the best. If Bollywood cannot work to his expectations, then there is nothing wrong with it. I wish him all the best. Each one to its own.”

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