Star-secretary Rikku aias Rakesh Nath is quoted in a newspaper as saying that Madhuri Dixit would act in a film provided she got her price of Rs. 5 crore. If true, Madhuri and Rikku seem to be far removed from reality because it seems an impossibility that anyone would pay a 40-plus actress that kind of money. To add to the unlikelihood, Madhuri’s comeback film, Aaja Nachle, was a box-office bomb. Frankly, if Madhuri or her secretary feel, actresses like Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra or Katrina Kaif command Rs. 5 crore per film, they are grossly mistaken because none of them has ever got paid that kind of a fee. And if young and saleable actresses like the above named have not been able to command remunerations of Rs. 5 crore, it would be foolhardiness to expect that a producer would pay that amount to an actress who is well past her prime.
By Rikku’s logic, exsuperstar Amitabh Bachchan should be demanding Rs. 20 crore because Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan get that much for a film. But one hasn’t heard of such ridiculous demands by Bachchan. Then, why would producers entertain Madhuri Dixit if she demanded Rs. 5 crore? Both, Rikku and Madhuri need to become more realistic.