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She has recently joined the Rs 100 crore club with the reported box-office success of Don 2 and Agneepath. So, not surprisingly, Priyanka Chopra is in demand in Bollywood. Trade sources inform that the actor has apparently been offered over Rs 5 crore to star opposite Saif Ali Khan in the
“She has been offered several films in the last week. As far as Race 2 is concerned, the makers are keen to sign her for a couple of reasons — one, she has entered the big league with two back-to-back hits and secondly, they need to finalise Deepika Padukone’s replacement quickly,” says a trade insider.

On being contacted, Priyanka says, “I have never discussed my remuneration (in the media), and don’t intend to do so now.”
The makers apparently contacted Priyanka after Deepika informed producer Ramesh Taurani that the Race 2 schedule would clash with the dates she has kept aside for Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

Besides Priyanka, Kareena Kapoor is possibly the only female actor in the Rs 100 crore club with four hit films to her credit — 3 Idiots (2009), Golmaal 3 (2010), Bodyguard (2011) and RA.One (2011).

Ask Priyanka about the new tag and she says, “It feels great when a film does well at the box-office. But when I’m shooting, my first-and-foremost concern is to do my best and leave it at that. My choice of films only has to do with my creative instinct.” This year, Priyanka will be seen in Barfi! with Ranbir and Teri Meri Kahani with Shahid Kapoor.

Over the last month or so, some top brands have also contacted the actor for endorsement deals. “But Priyanka hasn’t had the time. She has already started shooting for Krrish 3 with Hrithik (Roshan) in Hyderabad,” says an insider close to her.

Race to finally end casting woes!
Race 2’s casting woes simply refuse to come to die. To start with, the film was supposed to take off with Sonakshi Sinha, but she opted out claiming that her dates were clashing with Dabangg 2. Jaqueline Fernandes replaced her. Then, Deepika apparently walked out due to date issues with Ayaan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Later, she rejoined the cast and even shot a schedule at Film City. Meanwhile, the makers roped in Sanjay Dutt for a role in the film. And now, Deepika has again opted out due to date issues.

Abbas-Mustan’s next seems to be going through a rough patch; date issues with the crew now cropping up

Director duo Abbas-Mustan’s next project Race 2 seems to have hit a rough patch even before officially taking off. After mulling too much on the casting, now the shoot has suddenly been stalled. The entire cast and crew had gathered at Filmcity where the shoot began last week.

Abbas-Mustan with the Race 2 cast on Day One of the shoot

According to sources, what was supposed to be a longer shoot was stopped within a week.

Says a source, “The directors are busy promoting their film Players and also the leads Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone are both very tied up with their other films Agent Vinod and Desi Boyz respectively. Though the cast was all set for the shoot, there seems to be some date issues with the crew.”

This is however not the first time the project has faced a speed bump. Saif was busy with his home productions, Cocktail and Agent Vinod, and so the directors were unable to lock the shooting dates for this film. There was also buzz about how the actor was giving priority to his productions over this film.

Adds the source, “Now that seems to be out of the way. However, with a huge cast including John Abraham and Jacqueline Fernandez, it’s difficult to match everyone’s dates.”

Sonakshi Sinha, who was earlier cast for the film had also pulled out suddenly, causing further delay. The producers were willing to wait for Deepika’s dates at all cost. The film was set to release in May next year, but will now release in December 2012.

The Abbas-Mustan directed sequel to the action packed high octane film ‘Race’ has been making headlines ever since it was announced. The cast of this multi-starrer already features heavyweights such as Anil Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Ameesha Patel and Jacqueline Fernandez. Now the buzz is that Bipasha Basu too would be seen in ‘Race 2’.

It may be recalled that Bipasha featured in ‘Race’ and hence there have been talks that the actress would be seen in the sequel as well. Sources close to the production tell us that with Bipasha being brought on board for the film, there are high chances that John and Bips will be sharing screen space as well in two sequences. However, Ramesh Taurani refused to comment much and said, “Right now, I cannot tell you whether Bipasha is part of film or not.”