Contending that the story of a film is its real hero, veteran actor Om Puri has said that he finds it ridiculous that stars walk away with the biggest share of a project's budget.
"The share which they are given is ridiculous. If a star can make a film hit, then why is it that some of their films flop? It happens with everyone whether it is Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan," the 61-year-old 'Padmashri' said at a programme here yesterday.
Pointing out that films are always a result of team work with everyone including directors, cameramen and technicians involved with its success, he said that recently the SRK starrer much hyped film RA.One failed to live up to the expectations only because of a weak script.
"It had the biggest stars in it. And technically it was a superb film. But it still didn't catch the imagination of the nation. It had a weak script," he said adding that Hollywood producers always give first priority to the script.
Filmmaker Ken Ghosh who also joined the discussion at the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce programme, admitted that he was also unhappy with the trend of paying film stars more than script writers.
"It is sad to know that stars are paid more than script writers in a film. It is the content which writes the success of a film," he said.