On filmmaker Sameer Vidwan’s next project, Shraddha Kapoor will work with Kartik Aaryan for the first time. However, it was confirmed a few weeks later that Kiara Advani and Kartik Aaryan will reunite after Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2. Producer Sajid Nadiadwala replaced Shraddha with Kiara Advani.
“Sajid was very keen on getting Shraddha alongside Kartik in the film, as that would have resulted in a fresh pairing. However, he was taken aback and shocked when Shraddha Kapoor quoted Rs. 10 crores to be a part of the film. While the producer usually never negotiates with his actors, he was surprised with Shraddha’s acting fees as she had last worked with Sajid recently on Baaghi 3 for a nominal sum of Rs 4 crore,” a trade source informed Bollywood Hungama.
While Shraddha had good reason to charge a higher price because she was directing two female-led films in London – Naagin and Chaalbaaz – Sajid believed that the acting fees would throw his film’s finances into disarray.
“Sajid gave a final offer of Rs. 7.5 crores to Shraddha Kapoor, however, the actress and her team remained adamant on the double digit remuneration. Sajid eventually decided to move on and sign Kiara Advani, who is currently on a high, for the film. The actress has been signed for an approximate sum of Rs. 3.5 crores,” the trade source added.
Sajid Nadiadwala is regarded as one of the industry’s most dildaar producers, who treats his performers with respect and ensures that all of their demands are met. This time, however, he thought Shraddha’s price was too high, and for the first time, he opted to reject the idea of bringing her on board for such a huge sum.
“He is happy with Kiara Advani and has signed her for a premium amount, that’s slightly more than her market value. Kiara usually charges anywhere between Rs. 2 to 2.5 crores for a project,” the source concluded.
The film was originally titled Satyanarayan Ki Katha, but a new title is currently being developed.