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Kher concerned over staff payment

Veteran actor Anupam Kher is not too pleased with the news that all actors will now have to pay their staff from their own pocket. He says it will be easier for superstars who get paid in crores, but it will take a toll on lesser-paid actors.

‘I think the producers have only consulted the top actors, who get in crores. For them it is easy to say that we will pay ourselves. For smaller actors who are not superstars, it’s a burden,’ the 57-year-old said.

The Film and Television Producers Guild of India’s decision has emerged after the producers realised that an actor’s personal staff costs are adding up to as much as Rs 50,000 a day, depending on the actor’s popularity and demand.

Kher believes A-listers can accomodate such costs by raising their fee, but wonders what would happen to the lesser-paid actors.

‘Anywhere in the world, the staff is paid by the producers,’ said Kher.

‘I hope the Cine and TV Artistes’ Association takes up this issue with the Producers’ Guild,’ the 57-year-old suggested for the benefit of the lesser-paid actors.
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