Bollywood: No-Pregnancy clause for heroines
The pregnancy of Aishwarya Rai has brought cheers to her fans, but some producers are worried that unless a no-pregnancy clause is included in the contracts with heroines, their investments in films will be in jeopardy. Some films, notably, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Heroine have been put on hold because of Aishwarya’s pregnancy.
In the history of Bollywood, only Subhash Ghai had a clause in his contract with Madhuri Dixit stating she couldn’t get married or pregnant during the making of Khalnayak, when she was in a romantic relationship with Sanjay Dutt.
Bollywood producers are now thinking of making the no-pregnancy clause mandatory for leading ladies. However, Mahesh Bhatt and Ekta Kapoor are opposing the move stating that pregnancy is the right of a woman. Producer Vipul Shah says that pregnancy or not, actors both male and female should be bound by contract clauses that will ensure that producers do not incur losses.
Film maker Sajid Nadiadwala says, “I have never made any contract till date with any of my actors. Why say that film production is a risky business if we can’t take risks?”s