Netizens are busy speculating how far Amitabh Bachchan was bantering with Shah Rukh Khan when he tweeted about a bonus over his salary after the success of Badlaa, the hit suspense-thriller starring Big B and Taapsee Pannu, which was produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment.
But those close to Bachchan say he was not joking. “Bachchan saab seriously feels he’s underpaid. And when a film like Badlaa that relies completely on his charisma and talent becomes a huge success, he feels he has the right to be paid an extra amount over and above his basic fee,” says a source very close to Mr Bachchan.
It is not an uncommon practice among large production houses to share their profits with their cast and crew, though it is not mandatory for them to do so. It remains to be seen if Shah Rukh Khan will take Bachchan’s broad hint if it’s true that the senior actor wasn’t joking. Or would SRK take it as a joke as it would suit him to do so?
Latest reports from informed quarters suggest that Shah Rukh is seriously thinking of sharing a part of Badlaa’s profits with the film’s lead actor Amitabh Bachchan and director Sujoy Ghosh.