Mumbai: While female artists all over the world are coming out demanding same remuneration as their male counterparts, it seems like Bollywood still isn’t ready to acknowledge the hard work of its female leads and remains in denial to consider them equal to the male actors. Such an unfair deal has been learnt recently where India’s A-listed actress, Deepika Padukone, was ousted from the project just because she refused to take “not a penny more, not a penny less,” than what the male actor of the movie was getting.
Ranveer Singh, Sanjay Laila Bhansali’s ‘Baiju Bawra’ will not see his real life better half as his romantic interest in the movie as Deepika was reportedly turned down from the project because of the equal pay check issue. Fans who were excited to watch Ranveer-Padukone on big screen for the fourth time in a Sanjay Leela Bhansali creation after ‘Ram Leela’, ‘Bajirao Mastani’, and ‘Padmaavat’, are in for a disappointment as because the actress was ousted from Bhansali’s next mega project ‘Baiju Bawra’ – in the original 1952 film Bharat Bhushan and Meena Kumari had played the two leads – over remuneration issue.
“Apparently, Deepika wants the same remuneration as her husband. Not a penny more, not a penny less,” a source informed Bollywood Hungama. A champion for pay parity among actors and actresses, Deepika has been demanding and getting as much her leading men in her recent films. But, this time in Baiju Bawra, Bhansali has regretfully turned down her request for pay parity.
Says a source close to Bhansali Productions, “In a way, it works out for the better. Four Ranveer – Deepika films in a row from Sanjay Leela Bhansali would have been excessive, don’t you think?”
The news of Deepika’s remuneration for ‘Baiju Bawra’ comes in few weeks after Kareena Kapoor Khan reportedly asked for Rs. 12 crores to play the role of ‘Sita’ in Alaukik Desai’s film adaptation of the Hindu epic, Ramayan, which had created a lot of buzz.