The craze for item numbers and cameo roles has reached a new high in Ollywood. Keeping up with this trend, the Siddhanta-Anu starrer ‘Godfather’ bagged a mega deal when the banner signed a contract with none other than the vivacious Rakhi Sawant for an item number in the film. That too, for a whopping 25 lakhs!
Sources say that the signing amount of five lakhs and another ten lakhs was paid off to the Bollywood celebrity after shooting the track. However, there are whispers in the Ollywood corridors that the producer wrote a cheque of remaining 10 lakhs and when it was deposited at the bank, the cheque bounced. This was enough to make Rakhi, red with anger. She allegedly threatened to file a case which put the producer in a fix. The production of the film also halted halfway.
However, the director of ‘Godfather’, Ramesh Rout has quashed all such allegations and claims. “Full and final payment was made to Rakhi and there is no question of duping her of the due. The production stopped halfway because of other issues. Rakhi was happy with the story of the film and her part in it. She has urged me to find a good script and cast her in it. She is looking forward to work with me again. Moreover, who has the courage to con Rakhi Sawant?”
Rakhi Sawant, one of the most popular item girls in Bollywood, will be seen in a sizzling avatar in the song, ‘shampoo, shampoo baasuchu’ in the movie. Produced by Juganshu Sekhar Panda, the story of the film is based on real life events and is an attempt to deviate from conventional themes in Odia movies.