Netizens are busy speculating how far Mr Bachchan was bantering with Shah Rukh Khan when he tweeted about a bonus for his salary after the success of Badla, the hit suspense thriller starring Mr B produced by Shah Rukh Khan’s production house Red Chillies. But those close to the Bachchan say he was not joking. “Bachchan Saab seriously feels he’s underpaid. And when a film like Badla which 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 Big B.
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 the broad hint of surplus payment that Mr Bachchan has thrown his way. Or would Shah Rukh treat is 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 the Badla profits with the film's lead actor Amitabh Bachchan and director Sujoy Ghosh.