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Actress Deepika Padukone has allegedly been fired from Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Baiju Bawra’ for demanding equal payment as her husband Ranveer Singh, who is playing the titular role in the musical drama.

Earlier, a few reports suggested that actress Deepika Padukone is being considered by the makers to play the female lead in Baiju Bawra. It is remarkable that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has worked with Deepika and Ranveer in three hit films, namely Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, Bajirao Mastaani and Padmaavat. Fans were very enthusiastic when to know that the filmmaker is considering bringing back the hit pairing for another film.

However, when Deepika was offered the film, she apparently demanded equal remuneration as her co-star. According to a media report, Deepika Padukone is now out of consideration for Sanjay Leela Bansali’s Baiju Bawra as she asked for the same fee as her husband Ranveer Singh.

A source quoted in the media house said, “Apparently, Deepika wants the same remuneration as her husband. Not a penny more, not a penny less. A champion for pay parity among actors and actresses, Deepika has been demanding and getting as much her leading men in her recent films. But, this time in Baiju Bawra, Bhansali has regretfully turned down her request for pay parity”.

Pay disparity between male actors and female actors has been an ongoing debate since a long time. However, till now there’s no solution to it. In fact, when actresses demand equal pay either they are trolled, replaced or removed.


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Joydev Mishra

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