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B-Town stars return signing amount

bollywood Updated: Jan 29, 2012 16:32 IST
Minakshi Saini
Minakshi Saini
Hindustan Times
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Turning Bollywood’s age-old norm that ‘actors never return the signing amount, whether they do the film or not’ on its head, these actors have happily returned signing fee for films they ultimately didn’t do.

Saif returns Rs 11cr
In an unprecedented move that stunned the film industry, actor Saif Ali Khan returned Rs 11 crore to Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision production house for a film that never took off. An official from the production house confirms: “It was an unprecedented move on Saif’s part to return the signing amount for a three-film deal.” A spokesperson from Illuminati films says, “Saif would still love to work with the production house, but he doesn’t believe in keeping the money till the project starts.”

Sona returns Race 2 fee
Sonakshi Sinha felt miserable leaving Race 2. She left the movie since its shooting dates clashed with those of Dabangg 2. Dabangg sequel’s shoot is expected to kick off in March this year and Race 2 got delayed, putting Sonakshi in a tight spot. “I feel bad. I agreed to do the film, but it got delayed so I moved out,” says Sona. A source close to the actor confirms that the actor returned the signing amount and parted with the filmmakers gracefully.

Aishwarya returns Rs 21 lakh
Though Bachchans were reportedly miffed with filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar after he dropped Aishwarya Rai from his forthcoming film, Heroine when she announced her pregnancy in June last year, Ash went ahead and returned a cheque of R21 lakh to UTV. However, many film analysts feel that Ash shot for eight days, so as per rules, she was entitled to keep the signing amount. Kareena Kapoor has replaced Aishwarya in the film that is under production.

Vidya returns Ghayal 2 fee
Vidya Balan, who had reportedly committed to play the female lead in Sunny Deol-starrer Ghayal’s sequel, apparently went back on her words and left the project. She, however, didn’t forget to return the fee. “Vidya wanted to gauge the success of his last release, The Dirty Picture, and wanted to revise her film fee accordingly. So, she returned the signing amount,” says a source from the film’s unit on condition of anonymity. Now, the fimmakers have approached Bipasha to play the role.