Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ has been in the news lately. The film starring Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor has been widely spoken about mainly because of the ego clash between its two main leads, with each demanding a fatter paycheque and more screen time than the other. Now there is another interesting piece of news that has come out from the office of Bhansali.
Apparently the film is planned to have a gigantic budget after including the costs of the ‘highest paid’ lead stars. A leading daily reports a source as saying, “Sanjay’s ‘Padmavati’ will have a budget almost unheard of in Bollywood. It’s a terribly risky affair because although ‘Bajirao Mastani’ worked at the box office, ‘Padmavati’s’ budget is way higher than ‘Bajirao Mastani’.The sets are huge and the production cost for the film will be in the range of Rs 130-140 crore itself. Add another Rs 20 crore for print and publicity campaigns. Along with this, the leading cast will charge around Rs 30 crore in total. Out of that Rs 30 crore, Deepika will get Rs 12 crore, Ranveer and Shahid are charging around Rs 8 crore each. That makes the budget of Padmavati a staggering Rs 180-190 crore which is mammoth.”
Whether this gigantic budget will help the film get higher returns or not, only time will tell. ‘Padmavati’ is expected to hit the see screens on Christmas 2017 alongside Yash Raj Film’s ‘Tiger Zinda Hai’ starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif.