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$ 2000 a phatka!

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Courtesy: Mid-Day
Friday, June 01, 2007
Kangana Ranaut, the small-town-girl-with- big-city-dreams, is slowly but surely becoming a diva. At last week's Bollywood Awards in New York, she demanded that she be paid US $1,000 (approximately Rs 40,000) for the show outfits and also ran up US $1,000 in phone bills at the Radisson Hotel where she had been put up.

Says an artist coordinator with the show, "A day before the show, Kangana demanded money for the costumes. The organisers weren't obliged to pay her as it was not in her contract. But because she threw a tantrum at the nth hour, they didn't have any choice but to cough up $1,000.

But that wasn't all, rues the source. "The day after the show, Kangana was supposed to check out with the rest of the artistes who had come to New York, but she left the hotel without informing anybody and the organisers got worried. Later, we learnt that she had checked out in the morning and had taken a flight to Dubai.

The final blow came when the organisers were handed a phone bill of $1,000 when they were clearing the dues for Kangana's room. The chief artiste coordinator, Jackson, admits, "It's true but I cannot comment on this.

Kangana's business manager Jay Shrikant says, "The organiser (Kamal Dandona) was to pay us 1000 dollars for her outfit. They didn't pay. They promised to pay us the outfit amount after the show but they didn't.

Finally, after the post-show party they paid the amount but told me Kangana had run up a huge bill of 800 dollars on international calls and locked us out of the hotel room. Kangana had to spent the night in her aunt's room at the hotel.

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