There is a news making rounds for a couple of days in Kollywood thanks to a ‘scoop’ carried out by some Tamil website. The ‘news’ has been reproduced in many websites and shared in social media by many. It has made some sensational revelations and has awed the Tamil film-lovers.
The ‘news’ goes like this: Chimbu Devan. the director of one of Vijay’s forthcoming projects, had reportedly approached Bollywood hottie Deepika Padukone to star in the film. However, Chimbu was taken aback by the fee demanded by Deepika.
It is said that the actress demanded Re.1 crore per day. The news further says that Deepika didn’t even hear out the script but was reportedly very particular that her demand for money is met by the producer. For her role in Kochadaiiyaan, Deepika shot for not more than three days but got an awesome sum of Rs.3 crores.
Chimbu then decided to approach Priyanka, who debuted as heroine in films opposite Vijay in Thamizhan more than a decade back, who listened to the script and agreed to star in it. Priyanka’s fee was also reasonable (rather affordable!) and the crew was more than happy to replace Deepika with Priyanka.
However, there is another dimension to this story. Some analysts point out that the rate has been derived through Kochadaiiyaan experience and that it could not be applied to regular film. Kochadaiiyaan, being an animation film, would require short term call sheet while a regular film would require bulk dates ranging from 30 to 50 days.
So, they argue, the story of one crore per day could not be applicable to any regular film. It is a piece of imagination by the website reporter, they say.
So, one might conclude that Deepika’s non participation could be due to any other reason than the salary. But the buzz has put hot heroine’s name in hot spot in Kollywood for the past few days.
Vijay is planning to star simultaneously in A.R. Murugadoss’ Vaal (Sword) and Chumbu Devan’s film. In all probability, Chimbu’s Vijay-starrer is to go to floors only in July.