Ravi Teja, who is popularly called Mass Maharaja, made headlines recently for all the wrong reasons. The uproar was that he was demanding heavy remuneration from producers against his feeble market preceded by a few flops, after his last hit Raja The Great.
Producers and big production offices hankered after him for dates with any bigger amount as his fees when he embarked on the top echelon as a terrific mass-puller. His series of hits also at a time showcased his predominance at the box office proving him to be a superstar.
But, in the last five years, according to the collections recorded, he was on a downward spiral with diminishing scale of profits. Media also, at large, ridiculed him for the routine scripts that delivered disasters. In spite of the seemingly evident fall in the graph, Ravi Teja did not relent when it came to his remuneration.
Those who toyed with the idea of signing him up for a project irrespective of failures were disheartened with his demand for a huge remuneration.Though they endeavoured for a bargain, Ravi Teja was heard to be reluctant to entertain any bargain whatsoever. Biggies like Dil Raju and Gemini Kiran were also there in the list.
Notwithstanding the scenario prevailing around the Mass Maharaja, a few are still showing interest in him. Being a senior hero in the industry, trade is expecting him to revise his adamant stand for the huge pay when he is limping with miserable failures at the box office.
One senior producer said that if Ravi Teja realised the facts and figures, and complied with the producers, he would be doing very good projects. “Nobody can offer bigger price for a venture which cannot yield relative profits. One should float along with the tide,” he said.