Bollywood hottie Bipasha Basu put the Bhatts in distress over an item number in the seuquel to Murder and has been replaced by Yana Gupta, says a Mumbai Mirror report.
The report said, Mukesh Bhatt expressed his displeasure over Bipasha's behaviour and said, “I am deeply hurt. We launched Bipasha and now she imposes diktats on us. Sorry, but we decided not to work with her in Murder 2.”
Bipasha owes some of the biggest hits of her career to the Bhatts' Vishesh Films. She was nominated at award functions for her performances in Raaz and Jism.
Says Mukesh Bhatt: “A few months ago, Bipasha Basu had asked Vishesh Films that they should work together again. When we offered her the lead role in Murder 2, she said that she didn't want to do the film because it did not centre around a woman. When she was approached for the item number, her attitude defied logic.”
“Bipasha sent a message saying that she wanted Bosco-Caesar to choreograph the item number, as she was very comfortable working with them. We did not consider hiring them at all. But for Bipasha's sake, we spoke to them,” explained the filmmaker.
“Bosco-Caesar demanded an astronomical amount. Normally, they're paid Rs 4 lakh per song. They wanted Rs 7 lakh from us. They asked us to pay the tea boy Rs 1000 per day. How could we continue with Bipasha any further? That's why we decided to drop her,” he added.
When Bipasha got the message from the Bhatts, she did not reply for a week. “We were expecting her to call, but she didn't even revert. My wife suggested we cast Yana Gupta. When I finally did get a call from Bipasha's staff, it was too late. To tell you the truth, she was ready to work without Bosco-Caesar then,” said the angry filmmaker.
Earlier, Bipashs had cribbed over Deepika Padukone snatching away the spotlight with an item number in Dum Maro Dum. But when it came down to doing an item number herself, Bipasha blew her chances due to her antics.
What exactly is it that made Bipasha treat the Bhatts this way? Earlier, she was offered the lead in another film opposite Emraan Hashmi, which she had rejected. In Murder 2, Jacqueline Fernandes bagged the lead, after Bips refused.
Yana Gupta, the babuji babe will now be seen grooving to the item number. Bipasha is mum.