Madhuri Dixit is back in Bollywood, but on her own terms. Buzz is that the Dhak Dhak diva is asking for around Rs 5 crore for her next, reports Mid Day.
Industry insiders say, it's the kind of money that many A-lister actresses are charging.
"This is the kind of money leading ladies like Kareena, Katrina and even Vidya are charging. So Madhuri clearly wants to let people know that she is no less than any of them and signing her on will be expensive," a source told the tabloid.
"For Madhuri, even if the budget for my film hits the roof, it's a chance I would take. But yes, you need to be practical too," a leading producer was quoted by the tabloid.
There's another reason why Madhuri is taking time to announce her comeback venture. "Her last solo project was Aaja Nach Le that tanked at the box office. She is however looking at women-oriented roles and for many producers, a film like that is a huge monetary risk. Only if all these factors come together, there will be a chance that she takes something on officially."
What A-listers charge
Kareena Kapoor - Rs 6 - 7 crores
Katrina Kaif - Rs 4 - 5 crores
Priyanka Chopra - Rs 3 - 4 crores
Vidya Balan - Rs 3 - 4 crores
Deepika Padukone - Rs 2.5 - 3.5 crores
* all figures in approximation (courtesy: Mid Day)