When Vivek Oberoi was approached for ‘Jayanta Bhai Ki Luv Story‘, the makers were unsure of the fee that he would demand for doing the film. Moreover, since his ‘Prince’ hadn’t done wonders at the box office, producer Kumar Taurani decided to keep the budget of his subsequent films under control. Riteish Deshmukh understood that when he did ‘Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya‘ for a nominal fee and in turn became Taurani’s partner in profit share. However Taurani wondered whether Vivek too would be game for any such deal.
“Taurani saab stood by Vivek even after ‘Prince’ entailed losses for him. Till date he feels that Vivek is one actor who is yet to get his due. However he was not in a position to pay him his market price for ‘Jayanta Bhai Ki Luv Story’. He was quite hesitant to discuss the matter with the actor but was in for a pleasant surprise when Vivek offered to start working on the film without charging anything”, informs our source.
The story goes that Vivek rushed to Taurani’s office and assured him that he would be fine with whatever remuneration that the producer felt was right. He even asked him not to worry about any signing amount and get going with the shoot.
“It was hard to believe what he was saying”, says Taurani, “However I had to get a contract in place and hence I asked Vivek for his price. He told me to just make it for Rs. 11 and get started. Of course that was not possible. This is when Vivek proposed that I make a contract for Rs. 1,11,111 and add a clause in the contract which said that beyond this figure, it was entirely on me to decide what I would pay later.”
Apparently Vivek has also assured Taurani that he would earn at least 100 crores for him in many more projects to follow.
“Well, that was just a nice gesture on his part”, says Taurani, “However guess what, even though the contract is ready, Vivek hasn’t even signed it yet. Of course I will pay him a much bigger amount now. Rs. 1,11,111 was just a goodwill gesture for us to formally get started.”