Expensive Producer Ronit Roy

Last week again, Ronit found himself at crossroads. However, this time he has decided that he will not work for Balaji, exclusively. While Kasautii… is over and Ronit is gearing up to play Bhishma Pitamah in Kapoor’s upcoming mythological Mahabharat, he is also on the verge of signing a Cinevistaas show. Interestingly, this time, Ekta did not stop him. Not so long ago, Ronit also participated in reality show, Jhalak Dikhlla Jaa 2 and is currently doing Yeh Hai Jalwa.
Three years back, in May 2005 when Mihir aka Ronit Roy wanted to do something out side Balaji Television that made him a household name, Mentor Ekta Kapoor demanded her pound of flesh. She told Ronit categorically that it’s either her or Manish Goswami’s Sarkar.

After spending sleepless nights Ronit decided to quit Balaji Telfilms. He had then said, “Both the shows (Kyunki… and Kasauti…) made me a household name – Mihir Virani and Mr Bajaj. I have also sacrificed a fat pay packet. But I did what was morally and ethically correct.” Ekta wanted Ronit to work exclusively for Balaji and Ronit backtracked and went back to her. Goswami was left twidling his thumbs; he had no choice but to kill Ronit’s character in Sarkar.

Our well-placed source from the TV industry says, “Balaji has no problem when their actors participate in reality shows.”

How come the change in Ekta’s stance? Our source laughs and spills the beans, “Ronit was proving to be too expensive on monthly basis. It’s better to have him on daily basis. On his two current shows with Balaji (Kyunki… and Mahabharat), Balaji needs him for just 19 days in a month. So why should they pay him a fat amount every month?”

While Ekta remained unavailable for comment, Balaji Telefilm’s General Manager – Operations, Ketan Gupta, confirmed that Ronit is has been relieved from his ‘exclusivity’ contract. He said, “Yes, we have dissolved the exclusive contract with Ronit. However, there is no fall-out, no animosity. Ronit is a fine actor. And yes, we will not have him on monthly basis anymore since it’s an economical and sensible proposition for us.”

Ronit elaborated on his ‘exclusivity’ contract with Balaji and told us that it was applicable only until either Kyunki… or Kasauti… went off air. “The contract became null and void when Kasautii… was pulled off,” he said.

When asked if paying him on monthly basis was a costlier deal for Balaji Telefilms, Ronit quipped, “It’s too early to calculate that and answer your question. Right now, I am only on Kyunki… with Balaji and am shooting about 10 days for that. As for my future assignments, yes, I am in talks with Cinevistaas for a show. I am also in talks for a couple of films.”

Report By:Vickey Lalwani

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