Madhuri Dixit wants Rs 5 crore for a film... the price commanded by reigning divas Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra
Antara Mali acted in a film called Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahati Hoon (2003). Now Madhuri seems to be saying Main Kat/Bebo/PC banna chahati hoon. Mads, on the wrong side of 40, has been demanding the same price as the current princesses of B-Town. Her last hit Devdas was eight years ago and let's not forget, it also starred Aishwarya Rai and Shah Rukh Khan.
No doubt Mrs Nene is a huge name even today, she has a huge fan following, also there is a great deal of nostalgia attached to her name, but no filmmaker in his right mind will pay her so much. Another deterrent is that her comeback film Aaja Nachle (2007) had bombed.
It is learnt that the Ek Do Teen girl has quoted the fancy sum to at least four filmmakers who approached her with scripts and is in no mood to negotiate. Her manager Rikku confirms, "Yes, Madhuri has asked for five crores. We feel she is definitely worth the price she is quoting. She is a superstar with an enviable fan following even today. So, why shouldn't she ask for what she deserves? We are sure the filmmakers will gain from the fact that Madhuri Dixit is making a film with them."
However, the industry isn't reacting too kindly. Asks a trade analyst, "Who will give Madhuri five crores now? Though she does have the fan base, she isn't a top actress anymore. She has been out of the industry and the kind of roles she can do are limited. The roles that she has been approached to play are either sister or mother characters, which she is not too keen to play. She should learn from Amitabh Bachchan. A superstar, who still has roles specially written for him, isn't demanding that his pay cheque match that of Aamir, Salman, Akshay or SRK. Madhuri needs a reality check. In case someone has a particular script in which only she fits, perhaps she will get the high price."