Bollywood Stars Overworked? Is It All work And No Play for Them?

Recently, despite being busy for his upcoming movie’s promotion, Hrithik Roshan managed to spare time to shoot for an advertisement of his Lifestyle brand. But to wrap it up, the actor had to shoot for 21 hours at a stretch. Well, even though it might sound impressive, is it something that can be sustained in the long-run without affecting your work-balance? Or is it an occupational hazard for these guys? Lets find out!

Promotional Activities Have Increased

Marketing & promotions were always an important part of any new film, but in recent times the scales have becomes bigger (in proportion to the budget of the films).

Stars are now expected to appear in popular reality shows and television shows along with the mandatory media interactions.

Trailer launch, music launch and the pre-release hype – they’all have become essential to ensure the success of the movie. And these stars have to be there at all these events!

Shooting Takes Lot of Traveling Time

Besides the promotional activities, shooting for movies is also a physically demanding job.

Almost all the time, it involves lots of travelling and working at odd hours. and the schedule can last from a few weeks to a few months.

Need to Be Socially Active

And besides doing films, most of our actors also do special appearances, endorsements and ads, perform in events…its like make hay while the sunshine.

On top of that, Bollywood Stars are also expected to lead an active social media life.

Look at the big stars! Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra,Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, they all seem to be everywhere, all the time.

Here’s a funny new poem on ‘Stress in Mumbai’ that is going viral…

Jony Jony….Yes papa!!
Job in Mumbai….Yes papa!!
Lot of Tension….Yes papa!!
Too much Work….Yes papa!!
Family life….No papa!!
BP Sugar….High papa!!
Yearly Bonus….Joke papa!!
Annual Pay….Low papa!!
Personal Life….Lost papa!!
Promotion Incentive…. Ha!!Ha!!Ha!!

Time to Focus on Quality Over Quantity?

So even though Hrithik might be in the news for shooting for more than twenty hours at a stretch, or you may hear that Shahrukh Khan rarely sleeps (but is heavily addicted to smoking), it all looks impractical to sustain in the long run.

When you’re working really hard, you may impress some people with your dedication, long & exhausting shooting hours, but it could have an affect somewhere else in your life and affect the equation somewhere else.

So is it better to focus on limited but better work?

  • You don’t see Hollywood stars participating in every other award show or at weddings and other events, as often as our Bollywood stars.
  • Aamir Khan has followed the mantra of Quality over Quantity and has done well for himself.

Cutting down on work, besides leaving time for yourself and your family, could also see an improvement in the quality of the films produced, as it will help them focus better.

So what do you think? Is it time for our big stars to take up one or two movies a year, or is this really the price that you pay for fame and success? Please let us know here…