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    Kareena Kapoor salvaged Madhur Bhandarkar and UTV's magnum opus Heroine after Aishwarya Rai left it midway.

    However, the filmmakers have had to pay heavily for the same. Kareena, who had earlier demanded a sum of Rs 8 crore for signing the film, has reached an understanding with the producers. She will reduce the signing amount, but share the profits with UTV, Madhur Bhandarkar and lead actor Arjun Rampal.

    A source close to the film told Mirror, "Kareena had earlier demanded Rs 8 crore. After several meetings, she has now decided to slash her fee. However, she will now be a part of the profit sharing rights. The producers have worked it out in a way that Kareena ends up getting Rs 8 crore out of the project.”

    While getting a sum of Rs 8 crore for the project had made Kareena the highest-paid actress in Bollywood till date, this move has successfully added her name to the list of the big Khans. So far, in Bollywood, actresses have never been known to have a share in the profits of a film. Whereas actors Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and even Imran Khan have worked in films where they have had a share in the profits. In fact, among the men in the industry, this is the most prevalent and preferred mode of compensation.

    “Imran took a profit sharing for Break Ke Baad. Salman has been signing all his films these days and sharing profits for them. In Bollywood, the trend is such that the bigger the actor becomes the higher their fees get. Profit sharing thus, seems to be the best form of payment. Kareena is the first female actor to have entered this space,” said the source.
    Kareena Kapoor and Madhur Bhandarkar remained unavailable for comments.



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