She has recently joined the Rs 100 crore club with the reported box-office success of Don 2 and Agneepath. So, not surprisingly, Priyanka Chopra is in demand in Bollywood. Trade sources inform that the actor has apparently been offered over Rs 5 crore to star opposite Saif Ali Khan in the Abbas-Mustan sequel, Race 2.
"She has been offered several films in the last week. As far as Race 2 is concerned, the makers are keen to sign her for a couple of reasons — one, she has entered the big league with two back-to-back hits and secondly, they need to finalise Deepika Padukone’s replacement quickly," says a trade insider.
On being contacted, Priyanka says, "I have never discussed my remuneration (in the media), and don’t intend to do so now."
The makers apparently contacted Priyanka after Deepika informed producer Ramesh Taurani that the Race 2 schedule would clash with the dates she has kept aside for Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Besides Priyanka, Kareena Kapoor is possibly the only female actor in the Rs 100 crore club with four hit films to her credit — 3 Idiots (2009), Golmaal 3 (2010), Bodyguard (2011) and RA.One (2011).
Ask Priyanka about the new tag and she says, "It feels great when a film does well at the box-office. But when I’m shooting, my first-and-foremost concern is to do my best and leave it at that. My choice of films only has to do with my creative instinct." This year, Priyanka will be seen in Barfi! with Ranbir and Teri Meri Kahani with Shahid Kapoor.
Over the last month or so, some top brands have also contacted the actor for endorsement deals. "But Priyanka hasn’t had the time. She has already started shooting for Krrish 3 with Hrithik (Roshan) in Hyderabad," says an insider close to her.
Race to finally end casting woes!
Race 2’s casting woes simply refuse to come to die. To start with, the film was supposed to take off with Sonakshi Sinha, but she opted out claiming that her dates were clashing with Dabangg 2. Jaqueline Fernandes replaced her. Then, Deepika apparently walked out due to date issues with Ayaan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Later, she rejoined the cast and even shot a schedule at Film City. Meanwhile, the makers roped in Sanjay Dutt for a role in the film. And now, Deepika has again opted out due to date issues.