A recent report over supposed budget cuts that OTT leaders Netflix and Amazon Prime were inflicting on their forthcoming shows, sent the entertainment industry into a buzz. However sources closely related to the two major Amazon shows The Family Man 2 and Mirzapur 2, deny any such curtailment of finances.
When I touched base with Raj Nidimoru, co-director of The Family Man 2 he clarified, “We’ve been getting calls and messages asking if we’ve been told to take pay cut for the Family Man 2. But we shot Season 2 before the lockdown when there was no question of a financial scaling-down. Now also after the lockdown we have not been asked to make any cuts in the budget for our forthcoming projects.”
Actor Pankaj Tripathi who plays the lead in Amazon’s Mirzapur also denies any budgetary cramping. “Season 2 of Mirzapur is complete. It’s now gone into editing. The shooting is over, What budget cuts??”
Sources close to Netflix also denied any financial squeeze.
“Netflix is not cutting budgets. But they are re-examining the content-control points in their organization in the light of the poor response to their original Indian content like She and Mrs Serial Killer,” informs a source.