MUMBAI: After announcing that she was going to learn belly dancing under Shiamak Davar for her act at an upcoming film awards function, Kareena Kapoor has now backed out! Instead, Bebo will accompany boyfriend Saif Ali Khan to England where he will attend the T20 World Cup matches. T20 has a promotional tie-up with Saif's home production, Love Aaj Kal. The actress is slated to leave for London tomorrow.
Says a source, "Initially, Kareena was very excited to perform as not only was she being paid a whopper but also this would've been her third consecutive performance at the same awards. Kareena was pulling out all the stops for her act and had rehearsed on her song Marjani from Billu. She'd even decided on her costume. But now all those plans have gone to waste.
The negotiations fell through because the actress wanted to either be the opening act or the grand finale but the organisers refused to concede to her demands. Kareena was unhappy when the organisers refused to budge. The finale might be performed by the Bachchans — Amitabh, Aishwarya and Abhishek.
That wasn't all, insists a source, "Shahid Kapoor is performing. Initially Priyanka Chopra was also to perform but now she is not. Anyways Bebo has decided not to perform at the event altogether." Kareena's business manager says, "It's true that Kareena is no longer performing at the awards event. There were certain contractual issues which didn't work out and we are not at liberty to say what those issues were. They're basic nitty-gritties that didn't work out in time."
When asked if it was anything to do with the price she was offered, she said, "No, the event organisers have always been good to us where Bebo's remuneration is concerned. As far as Aishwarya is concerned, we always knew that she was supposed to perform."