Mumbai, July 23: Tamil superstar Kamal Haasan has abandoned plans to make a film starring himself and Madhuri Dixit because she quoted a price that was way beyond his budget.
"We just couldn't afford her," regrets the southern maverick. Long in negotiation over a Hindi-Tamil bilingual featuring Madhuri and himself in the lead, Kamal says that the price she quoted was not only unaffordable in the Tamil cinema scheme of things but also apparently non-negotiable.
"It was more than the entire budget of my film," he laughs.
Rather than face more star tantrums, Kamal Haasan has now decided to do a Tamil cop thriller to be shot by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao, who was earlier scheduled to direct the Madhuri-Kamal film. Rao has been roped in to direct the start-to-finish Tamil thriller called KG .
The cop thriller will have no leading lady for the man, which he admits is "quite a change" from his other films.
"It will be shot in Bangalore. And I play a very stylish cop, actually a detective, quite a change from the boor in my last release Virumandi ," says Kamal, currently in Korea for a film festival where his last blockbuster Virumandi is being screened.
He has just been awarded a doctorate by a university in Tamil Nadu. "Quite an achievement for someone who never went to school. And I get a doctorate after playing a fake doctor in Vasool Raja . Life is full of ironies."
Vasool Raja , the Tamil version of Munnabhai MBBS , is now complete and ready for release.