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2 Lakh per episode, that’s the whopping sum Nakuul Mehta demanded for Ishqbaaz and Dil Bole Oberoi?


Fans of Kunal Jaisingh have been disappointed that his spin-off show, Dil Bole Oberoi is going off air. The show will be merged with Ishqbaaz, which will enjoy a run time of close to one hour now. While the move was supposed to have been implemented after the TRP success of Oberoi Special episodes, speculation is rife it that it was done to prevent actors from demanding more money. It seems TV hottie Nakuul Mehta who plays the role of Shivaay Singh Oberoi had reportedly demanded Rs two lakhs to do episodes of both Dil Bole Oberoi and Ishqbaaz. The actor has won over fans with his fantastic performance and is a huge star post this show.
A source told noted tabloid mid-day, “The channel will be combining the two shows and running it for an hour to avoid [the logistics of creating] two scripts and separate sets. This will also prevent actors from demanding more money. Nakuul, who is an important part of both the shows, has been earning about Rs 80,000-85,000 per episode. But he asked for close to Rs 2 lakh to appear on both. Following suit, other actors have also started asking for a raise.” While Nakuul refused to comment on the speculations of him asking for a hike to the publication, he said he was happy to see the merger. He said, “We are happy to have evolved from a half-hour show to an hour-long one. Personally, I’m happy to welcome my extended family back on our mother show. On a lighter note, this may give us a breather and a chance to take more than one loo break, considering we’ll have a larger work force now.
Sources told Bollywood Life that Nakuul being the front man is the highest paid on the show. However, leading lady Surbhi Chandna makes around Rs 70,000 per episode and is due for a hike. Kunal Jaisingh and Leenesh Mattoo make close to Rs 25,000 per episode. It seems Kunal got a raise for Dil Bole Oberoi and this merger means a small pay cut for him. However, in his statement, Jaisingh told mid-day that he did not request for a fee hike and is not aware if others from the team demanded more money. He told the paper, “The channel is clubbing both the shows, but I do not know if the decision has stemmed from requests of an increase in fee. This is the story of three brothers, but multiple screenplays were making the show lose its essence. Market research has revealed that the audience is missing watching the three brothers together.” While discussions about moolah relate to actors but audience is dying to see the bromance back on the show!


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