Cold War: Kangana Vs. Deepika
There’s a storm coming, and when it does, all pretence of niceness, professional courtesy and mutual respect will go out the window. It appears that the until-now-mostly-cold war between Kangana Ranaut and Deepika Padukone could snowball into a big, messy affair. The two actresses” who were quickly pitted against each other after Kangana’s recent successes positioned her as a potential threat to DP’s Numero Uno position”are right now said to be clashing over the issue of who is the higher paid of the two.
According to media reports, Kangana is being paid a whopping Rs 11 crore by producer Sajid Nadiadwala for the Vishal Bhardwaj-directed Rangoon. But it appears that there’s a camp working hard towards discrediting that story. Gossip has been floated that the figure is a gross exaggeration’, that Kangana is demanding co-director credit with Bhardwaj, and even that Nadiadwala and Bhardwaj are having second thoughts about casting Kangana.
But the Tanu Weds Manu Returns star is unperturbed, and claims she had a laugh over the story with the filmmakers. She’s already begun taking ballet lessons for the role, and says she’s neck deep in preparation for the film.
Meanwhile, reports that Deepika is trying to steal’ the film from Kangana have also been contested. The Ram-Leela star, who is currently working two shifts to complete principal photography on Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani, while also squeezing in time to finish her dub for Imtiaz Ali’sTamasha, “hardly has the time or the mind space to conspire against Kangana, or to make a play for a film that goes on the floors in weeks,” explains a source close to DP.
On the issue of the Highest Paid Actress, it must be noted that just months ago, there were reports that Bhansali had paid Deepika north of Rs 10 crore for Bajirao, although there are many who dispute that claim too.
Expect fireworks soon.
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