Actor R Madhavan said on Monday that superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya weren’t charged a fee for appearing in his debut movie ‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’. The actor-filmmaker also paid tribute to megastar Amitabh Bachchan and star producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas for supporting his film via social media.
“Whether it’s Suriya or (Shah Rukh) Khan sahab, neither of them charge a fee for the film. They didn’t even charge anything for trailers, costumes and assistants. Suriya flew to shoot at Mumbai with his team on He didn’t even charge for the flights or the dialogue guy who translated his lines into Tamil.
“There are many good people in the movie industry. But I come from outside. People helped me a lot. Just at my request, Amit ji (Amitabh Bachchan) or Priyanka Chopra post a tweet (for support the film) I am grateful for their love and respect towards me,” Madhavan told reporters at the film’s press conference in New Delhi.
The 51-year-old actor also directed, wrote and produced “Rocketry,” a biopic about Nambi Narayanan, a former Indian Space Research Organization scientist and aerospace engineer who was falsely accused of espionage.
Madhavan said he discussed the idea for the film with Shah Rukh when they were working on “Zero” (2018), in which he had a long guest appearance.
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“Even when I attended his birthday party, he reminisced and said, ‘Maddy, I want to play a part in your movie. Just get me through the background.
‘ I thanked him for his kind words and he said, ‘No, no. I’m serious,'” he recalls.
Two days later, when Madhavan’s wife Sarita asked him to thank Shah Rukh for his gesture, the actor said he dropped a message to the star’s manager asking him to convey his gratitude.
“Soon his manager called me and said, ‘Khan Sahab asks when do you want the dates?’ “I said I didn’t want to build castles in the air. But he was very serious. Then I said there was no secondary role for him, there was an important role.” , he added.
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While Shah Rukh plays his role in the Hindi and English versions of the film, Suriya plays his role in the Tamil version.
Calling “Rocketry” the “story of a superhero” told through commercial film, Madhavan said he hopes more films will be made to celebrate the achievements of scientists, engineers and computer scientists.
Last month, the film premiered in the Marche du Film section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival in France and Madhavan said he hoped to make the country internationally proud.
Asked whether films based on science and technology should receive government support, the actor said any type of film should be promoted by the film industry itself.
“I don’t think the government should extend support (to films set in science). I think we people in the film industry should take this initiative and make these films after some research. Where the government supports a film, it looks like a propaganda film.
I don’t think that’s the right thing. The government should do its job, and so should the film industry.”
Madhavan also touched on the growing popularity of movies from south to north and said a good movie will work regardless of the language.
“Four films such as ‘KGF’, ‘Baahubali, ‘Pushpa’ and ‘RRR’ from the south have become hits. It’s not that all the films from there have become hits. It’s not like our Hindi movies didn’t work. Movies like ‘The Kashmir Files’, ‘Gangubai’ and ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ also worked.
“The movies that worked had a clean storytelling and every actor put years into those projects. Getting into character, all that hard work, the audience looks at all those things. If the movie is good, it becomes a super hit, regardless of language,” he added.
“Rocketry”, also dubbed in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada, is set to be released on July 1.