Mahesh Babu was at his candid best at the trailer launch of Adivi Sesh's Major, which he is co-producing. At the launch, he opened a can of worms when he said that 'Bollywood cannot afford him.' He added that he wouldn't waste hhis time in an industry that cannot afford him. His comment ruffled a lot of feathers. Later, Mahesh Babu's team issued a statement saying that his comments were blown out of proportion. They also added a disclaimer that Mahesh loves all languages and his next film with SS Rajamouli will be a pan-India film.
Now, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, in an interview with India Today, has shared his thoughts about Mahesh's commment. He said, "It is his choice as an actor. But I honestly didn't understand what he meant by Bollywood can't afford him. I am still unable to figure out what he meant by that because the point is, if you see the recent South Indian films, they were dubbed and released and they made whatever money they did. Also, first of all, Bollywood is not a company. It is a label given by the media. An individual movie company or a production house will ask you to do a film at a particular cost, so how can he generalise Bollywood, I don't understand that. Bollywood is not a company, so his context is not understood."