Mumbai: According to industry sources, Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan has returned the signing amount that she had received for Madhur Bhandarkar’s ‘Heroine’.
The actress had been signed by the filmmaker few months back. But when the news of her pregnancy broke out, she was dropped out of the film. The role is now being portrayed by actress Kareena Kapoor.
Speaking to a daily, a source said, “Ash was never asked to return the cheque. Senior officials of UTV Motion Pictures were taken aback when the cheque reached them. The cheque has nevertheless been accepted.”
In fact, Ash had started shooting for the film. She had also taken part in the ‘look tests’ (where the actress is photographed in her filmi costumes). So technically, she was allowed to keep the signing amount with her. She could have also demanded a part of her acting fees.
But being a thorough professional she did not do that. “In fact, she was also informed that she is no more a part of the project when ideally the producers could have waited for some months for her. They announced that the film was off and now the film is on again,” says a source close to the actor.
Both the production house and Aishwarya’s official representative confirmed about the cheque being returned.
“Yes, she has returned the cheque,” said her representative.
“She has duly returned the amount that we had paid her as a signing amount for the film Heroine,” confirmed an official UTV. Sources also added that the cheque was returned following the announcement of her pregnancy and that the amount was of “some lakhs”.