The real reason for stars to opt out of big projects

Date issues are the main reasons for actors opting out of projects,feels Tanuj Garg,CEO - Balaji Motion Pictures

Mumbai | Published:October 25, 2013 11:37 am

There are several factors and situations beyond anyone’s control,that could be responsible for changing the cast of the film. Many a times,creative differences between the actor and director or actor and producer,absence of agreement on the commercial and non-commercial terms and conditions might

be the reasons

The entry or exit of an actor from a project is an exception rather than the norm. There are several factors and situations beyond anyone’s control,that could be responsible for changing the cast of the film. An actor may not be able to allot the dates for a film once the shooting days are locked,although he may have given the nod initially. Many a times,creative differences between the actor and director or actor and producer,absence of agreement on the commercial and non-commercial terms and conditions might be the reasons.

An alteration in the cast marginally impacts the commencement of production. Much depends on the dates allotted by the replacement actor. Minor hurdles like the schedule going out of gear by a month or so have to be overcome. However that’s not a major problem,as,eventually,you want to be working with an actor who is keen to be a part of the film and genuinely believes in it and in his role. You cannot and should not quickly start a film,just for the sake of starting it.

I’m of the belief that at the end of it all,everything happens for the best. Whether a particular actor was supposed to do the film at one time,but had later opted out,is almost instantly forgotten. Ultimately,the audience only remembers the actors they see on screen and not those who were meant to do it,but didn’t.

There are cases when an actor exits a project after the commencement of shoot. In such a scenario,the contract comes into force. Obviously,we’ve never faced a situation where any of our lead actors have walked out after the start of the film. But if that were to happen,there are adequate safeguards in our contracts in the form of clauses which take care of the interest of the film-maker and actor. There are different termination clauses that cover a default by both the producer and actor.

A contract usually specifies the number of days that an actor would have to devote towards promoting the film. That is part of his/her contractual obligation. Today marketing and promotion have become a crucial part of the film-making process. It is rare for an actor to refuse to promote his own film,as that would be counter productive to all concerned. Everybody is aware of the importance and almost irreplaceable role that a film’s marketing plays in its box-office success. And considering that Balaji is known for its innovative and aggressive marketing,we are extremely particular about actors’ commitment to pre-release promotion.

As told to Ankita R Kanabar

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