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August 10, 2011

Kareena Kapoor: Becomes the highest paid actress in Bollywood with 8 crore for Madhur's Heroine

It is confirmed that Bebo has replaced Aishwarya Rai in Madhur Bhandarkar’s film Heroine.

And is being paid a lump sum of 8 crore, making her the highest paid actress in Bollywood. Buzz had it that the actress had demanded 10 crore.

A source close to the project revealed, “After Aishwarya left the film midway due to her pregnancy, Madhur was left with very few options. At one point in time, the filmmaker had even decided to shelve the project. However, UTV was very keen to work it out with another heroine. And since work had started on the same, they decided to rope in another heroine for the film.

They had very few options to choose from. Vidya, Priyanka and Kareena were the only options. While Priyanka did not want to do the film since it was very similar to Fashion, Vidya was already busy shooting for Ekta Kapoor’s Dirty Picture.”

“Madhur was forced to go back to their original choice Kareena Kapoor. This time around, Kareena decided to do the film.

Then began the task of getting her dates. Her diary already choc-a-bloc with dates given out for Bodyguard, Agent Vinod and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Part 2, making time for Madhur’s project seemed tough. Bodyguard is gearing up for Eid release.

Portions of Agent Vinod remains to be shot and she had already committed to Once Upon A Time… However, Kareena juggled her dates and made herself available for Heroine. UTV wanted to thank her for her efforts and pay her well for it.

The deal has now been signed for Rs 8 crore. Though reports suggested that she had asked for Rs 10 crore, the final figure is now Rs 8 crore,” added the source.

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