Kartik Aaryan reveals why he returned his remuneration for Shehzada and came on-board as co-producer, says ‘film was going through a crisis’
Kartik Aaryan has made his debut as a producer with his latest film Shehzada that released today in theatres. He stars in the film along with Kriti Sanon as the female lead. In an new interview, the actor spoke about the circumstances that led him to returning his fees and becoming a co-producer on the film that is the official Hindi remake of Allu Arjun and Pooja Hegde’s Telugu drama Ala Vaikunthapurramuloo.
In a recent interview, when Kartik was asked whether he had cut down his remuneration or was working on profit-share basis as producer on Shehzada, Kartik said, “For this one. Initially, I was not onboard as a producer for Shehzada. At first, I had taken my fees and remuneration. And then there was a crisis. The film was going through a crisis and they needed somebody to step up. So I asked my producer then I gave up my money. That is how this whole thing, production and me becoming a co-producer came (into being)."
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When asked whether he returned his remuneration, the actor said, “Almost, almost. In a way, that resulted in lessening some burden off the film. I signed the film, when I had not even signed Bhool Bhulaiyya 2, so... both films were hand-in-hand. Thankfully, this one's (Shehzada) budget was not much but it is an action film so it needed some budget. And, there were certain issues we were facing at one point, because of which I had to give up (the remuneration). And, we are in a good spot, good situation right now."
Shehzada also stars Paresh Rawal, Ronit Bose Roy, Manisha Koirala, Sunny Hinduja, Ankur Rathee, Rajpal Yadav and Sachin Khedekar. It is directed by Rohit Dhawan and released on February 17, 2023 after its theatrical release was postponed for a week 'out of respect for Pathaan'. Shah Rukh Khan’s film is ruling the box office since it was released last month on January 25. The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Allu Arvind, Aman Gill, and Kartik Aaryan.