There were reports about Deepika asking for huge fees after Padmaavat’s super success. Deepika had charged 12 crores for Padmaavat and wants even more remuneration now. Her demands have left the filmmakers frustrated who are facing huge budget problems now.
However, Deepika is not alone as even Priyanka Chopra has charged a staggering amount for her upcoming Bollywood film Bharat. As per Mid-Day report, Priyanka’s team asked for an amount of 14 crores for doing Bharat but the deal was finalized at 12 crores considering the current industry standards.
Talking about the gap in the fees of actors and actresses, Priyanka had told an international magazine-
“I feel it every year, especially when you’re doing movies with really big actors, whether it’s in India or America. If an actor is getting 100 bucks, the conversation will start with max, like, 8 bucks. The gap is that staggering. In America, we don’t talk about it as brashly, whereas in India the issue is not skirted around. I’ve been told straight up, if it’s a female role in a movie with big, male actors attached, your worth is not really considered as much. It happens in both countries, it’s just that here, it’s hidden behind other things. In America, everyone is so worried about being liable that they don’t want to say anything wrong, but they end up doing it anyway.”
Do you think it’s good to ask so much fees from producers in the times when a lot of films are failing due to high budgets. Instead, stars can sign a profit sharing deal with producers along with a basic remuneration. This system is already being used among many big stars like Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan?