'No production house can afford to pay what A-listers were demanding before the pandemic.'
Reports have been floating around that Yash Raj Films's next installment in the Tiger series will be budgeted at Rs 300 crore.
But sources close to YRF dismiss the figure as "impractical, premature and immature."
"First of all, there is no Tiger 3 right now," a source tells Subhash K Jha.
"Secondly, nobody in his right mind is going to spend so much money on one film for at least the next five years."
"The Hindi entertainment industry is going through the worst possible recession after coronavirus. The next Tiger film, if and when it happens, won't be budgeted anywhere close to the figure being quoted."
Sources say Salman will be paid substantially less for Tiger 3 compared with the first two films in the franchise, Ek Tha Tiger and Tiger Zinda Hai.
"It is the need and demand of the hour. No production house can afford to pay what A-listers were demanding before the pandemic."