One Heroine is supremely miffed. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, that is. Amid speculation that UTV, Siddharth Roy Kapur and director Madhur Bhandarkar will face losses to the tune of Rs. 6 crore if Heroine is shelved, arrives the news that Aishwarya has been rather stunned with the "demands" that Madhur has come up with. Word has it that in addition to the smoking and waterfall drenched sequences, Madhur now insists that she perform "two item numbers" too for his flick.
States a source close to the Bachchans, "Aishwarya has never done a waterfall drenched sequence in her career until now. Why would she agree to do one now? Besides, after the whole smoking controversy over Guzaarish, Aishwarya had made it very clear to Madhur that she won’t be doing any smoking sequences in Heroine. Moreover, Aishwarya’s grouse that the two ‘item number songs’ that Madhur mentions now, was never discussed with her when the script narration was done."
There is also tattle that Aishwarya is being dropped because she’s pregnant and Madhur felt that she should have confided in him earlier. As per "reliable sources" the actress is considering taking legal action against Madhur and UTV on the grounds of "gender discrimination" and is reportedly "clueless about whether she’s been dropped from Heroine or the film has been shelved altogether."
As per insiders, Aishwarya is more hurt since she had already commenced filming for Heroine.
Meanwhile, buzz abounds that Priyanka Chopra has envisaged interest in showcasing Heroine when she learnt that Aishwarya was reportedly ousted from the project.
Says an insider, "Priyanka shares a great equation with Madhur Bhandarkar after working with him in Fashion . She’s sent him an SMS message showing her interest in accepting Heroine and has no qualms over the smoking, drinking and intimate scenes required for the film. She’s strongly urged him not to scrap the film and Madhur will take a call on this issue in the next few days."