While the film industry is looking forward to resume work soon after the lockdown if lifted and the government allows resumption of shooting, some of the actor have started to announce their salary reduction to reduce the impact of the lockdown on the film producers. While actor and composer Vijay Antony announced first that he would reduce 25% of his salary for the three films he has been working, many other have followed suit.
Joining the list of actor who have come forward on their own to help the producers and the film industry is actor Mahat, who is known for his roles in films like ‘Mankatha’ and ‘Jilla’. He also had a successful stint in the popular reality show Bigg Boss Tamil. The young actor made a video statement that he is ready to reduce his salary as per the producers decision.
In his statement, Mahat said, “Harish Kalyan, Vijay Antony sir and many others have decided to take a pay-cut because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. I am really happy to hear this. I’ve been a part of the industry for over 10 years now. I’ve done a lot of characters and now, I’ll be playing the lead in 2 films. Many people are now badly affected because of the lockdown and the most affected people are the producers and the distributors. If they all discuss and decide on a particular salary, I’m ready to take it even if it is 20%, 50% or 70% lesser. I’m ready to take the pay-cut.”
“I feel, for many actors like me, salary has not been the major concern. I am here to act, work in a lot of movies and try to entertain the audience. That is where lies the job satisfaction”, added Mahat. Mahat is currently playing the lead in ‘Kettavanu Per Edutha Nallavanda’ and ‘Ivan Than Uthaman’.