Is Madhuri Dixit right to charge Rs 5 crore per film?

Fri, March 23, 2012 4:14pm UTC by 14 Comments
Is Madhuri Dixit right to charge Rs 5 crore per film?

The actor is reportedly demanding the same fee as Katrina Kaif

Madhuri Dixit Nene is back in Mumbai and gearing up to return to Bollywood. However, she and her fans will have to wait for that to happen. It’s not for the lack of films. Producers are more than eager to cast her. The problem is that Madhuri is demanding Rs 5 crore for a film! She has made it very clear to filmmakers that she is no less than a Kareena Kapoor or a Katrina Kaif as an actor and there is no reason for her to charge lesser than them.

There is a second problem: she wants to do only women-oriented movies. Now you’ll agree that such movies really don’t work at the box office. Vidya Balan did it twice (lucky her) but such films were – and still are – a risk. Making it on a low budget isn’t possible when Mads herself is charging so much. That’s why even though producers have approached her for several movies, including the Satte Pe Satta remake, Mads is yet to sign one. Wethink that having been away from Mumbai and Bollywood for so long, Mads has forgotten certain things. First, you are as good as your last film. And Mads’ last film Aaja Nach Le was a flop. So were her films before that – Yeh Raaste Hain Pyaar Ke, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam and Lajja. Her last hit was Devdas in 2002 and before that it was Dil To Pagal Hai in 1997. Compare this to the fact that Kareena charges between Rs 6 and 7 crore, Katrina charges Rs 4 to 5 crore and Priyanka Chopra charges between Rs 3 and 4 crore per film. All of them have had huge hits recently, are younger than Mads and are willing to do sexy, inconsequential roles in hero dominated films. Even Vidya charges between Rs 3 and 4 crore per film despite the fan following that she has now got after The Dirty Picture.

We agree that Madhuri is a much better actor than all of them put together but making a woman-oriented film just for her is a huge financial risk. Even Mrityudand, the woman-centric film she did during her heyday didn’t work at the box office. We are not surprised that producers are hesitant about casting her. Rs 5 crore is a huge amount to invest in a senior actor when returns cannot be guaranteed. It will be best for Mads if she takes some time and rethinks her choices. Till then, she has her reality shows, food channel brand ambassadorship and television commercials to keep her busy.

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  • surajkr.tamang

    IT IS NOT THE TIME OF OLD ACTRESSES GO BACK AND GIVE THE CHANCE TO THE NEW HOT ACTRESSES.

    • rejoy

      idiot dnt tell anything abt madhuri she is good actress

      • hina

        yes, she deserved 5 crore or more….
        she is a perfect actress

  • Rita

    instead of asking Madhuri to lower her price you should encourage directors to make worthwhile films with her that makes both money for them and acclaim. bollwyood is just copying hollywood’s skin show and sexy stuff but should also try to copy their charatceristic of making strong script oriented films. if you have a powerhouse like madhuri why not use her?

  • Faina

    she should charge more than that.

  • Deb

    Yes she deserve that because she is the queen of Bolywood .
    Not a single new actress has that much talent to be compared with her.

  • pratham

    she is right in asking 5. even right in asking 10.
    but it is wrong if someone pay her that much.

  • Simaran

    I can’t disagree that *Aaja nlhace* was far from perfect, but I’m kind of baffled by your criticism of it. You talk about seven additional mainstream actors four male and three female and four love stories. I’m not even sure which actors and arcs you mean my own count doesn’t come nearly that high much less why it’s a problem that they are there. Would you have preferred a movie with no side characters at all, or a movie in which only unknowns played them? It’s not clear what your criticism is. I think most movies need a rich supporting cast to make them vibrant and interesting. Sometimes a side character’s arc provides contrast or highlights a portion of the main arc’s message. *Aaja nlhace* especially is not a movie about one person; it’s a movie about that person’s influence within a community, and you can’t possibly show that without getting to know the community a little bit.You may have felt that *Aaja nlhace*’s side characters were poorly written or cliche, but the solution to that is not merely to excise them.I think *Aaja nlhace* went wrong in setting up a situation that had rich symbolic possibility and then copping out, shying away from all that possibility and instead telling a hackneyed, predictable story without much meat on its bones. That’s a shame. It didn’t fail to be fun to watch while it was happening though at least to this viewer.

  • rejoy

    hai madhuri never change her beauty

  • rejoy

    she is ever green beauty dnt compare with today’s heroins.madhuri is always precious for bolly wood

  • manish

    Creativity is beyond the value of money. If she really wants to do a film then she may have to compromise and think about the script and love of acting instead of how much she charges in a film. That’s what they do in Hollywood! Besides, actresses like Juhi Chawla and Shabana Azmi have acted for free in movies because they have been excited by the script. And it’s not like Mads is poor or anything, she can take a salary of 2 crore if she wanted to, but of course..’what would the janta think?’ ‘What would her impression be like in the market?’…you can tell when creativity has taken a back seat when these questions arise in the mind.

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  • anchal agrawal

    she deserves that much..n she can demand that much.. at least it is better than the rest actresses who just do some songs and their roles are over..!!
    and madhuri dixit is the best..she is the queen of bollywood..

  • Deb

    Nobody can ever ever be like Madhuri . She is the supreme queen of Bolywood. She can demand anything.


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