Superstar Salman Khan’s decision to pay back the distributors of Tubelight for the losses they incurred from the film’s failure has reignited the years-old discussion that whether such a move is a healthy practice or sets a bad precedent. Salman’s father Salim Khan, in a recent interview, said that whenever a distributor suffers loss, the producer should take some responsibility and “share the burden.” Calling it a healthy exercise, Ranbir Kapoor, who turns a producer with Jagga Jasoos, today told media persons that if he makes money out of a film that fails, then he will pay back the distributors.
“It has been going on since my grandfather’s time in 1950s… That whole style of making films where everyone should make money not just the producers but also distributors and exhibitors… It is a healthy exercise that if someone loses money on something and you have made money out of it then you should compensate that. But that depends on person to person and film to film.”
Mentioning one such example of two of his late grandfather Raj Kapoor’s films, Ranbir said that the filmmaker compensated his distributors for Mera Naam Joker’s failure by giving them a bigger percentage in the earnings of Bobby, which was a superhit.
“Like when Mera Naam Joker released, distributors incured losses. So, when Bobby released my grandfather gave a bigger share to the distributors than the exhibitors. So, there’s a sense ot balance. Personally, if I am making money out of the film I will pay back the distributors,” Ranbir said.
Jagga Jasoos hits theatres this Friday.