Mumbai: With some of the biggest hits in her kitty, Vidya Balan has become a force to reckon with in Bollywood. The actress, who has had to fight intense criticism over several years, has now reached a benchmark wherein she picks and chooses her roles in films. No wonder then that Vidya turned down Inder Kumar’s next ‘Dhamaal 2’ over remuneration and role issues.
Confirming the news a source said, “Vidya asked for a price which she deserves after she catapulted to the top bracket of actors, post the success of Paa and Ishqiya. She asked for Rs 1.5 crore (approximately). Like any other actor would in her place, she too has hiked up her market price.”
As per the current industry standards, the market prices of Kareena Kapoor and Katrina Kaif are believed to be Rs 1.5 crore and that of Priyanka Chopra’s around Rs 1 crore. And considering Vidya is now in the same league as these actresses, given her acting finesse, the actress refused to work on lower remuneration.
However what’s surprising is that Inder Kumar had no qualms about Vidya refusing the film. “Inder and Ashok failed to understand the need of the hour. Despite discussions, the makers of the film and the actress could not meet at a common consensus,” adds the source.
However, Vidya’s friend insists the actress quit the project for qualitative reasons. Talking about the real reason for which Vidya left the film her friend says, “Yes, the news is true. Vidya is definitely not doing Dhamaal 2. But that’s simply because she didn’t find any meat in the portrayal of her character. She would have loved to attempt comedy with this film but it’s okay. There is always a next time.”