Shah Rukh Khan, Suriya didn’t take a single rupee for rocketry: R Madhavan

Actor R Madhavan on Monday said superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya did not charge any fee for guest appearances in their upcoming directorial venture “Rocketry: The Nambi Effect”.

The actor-filmmaker also gave a shout out to megastar Amitabh Bachchan and star-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas for supporting his film via social media.

“Whether it is Suriya or (Shah Rukh) Khan sahab, none of them charged any fee for the film. He did not charge anything for the caravan, costumes and helpers. Suriya had left for Mumbai with his crew to shoot with his own money. He also did not charge for the flights or for the dialogue writer, who translated his lines into Tamil.

“There are a lot of good people in the film industry. But, I am from outside. People have helped me a lot. Just on my request Amit ji (Amitabh Bachchan) or Priyanka Chopra posted a tweet (to support the film). I am grateful to him for his love and respect towards me.

The 51-year-old actor has also fronted, written and produced rocketry, A biopic on Nambi Narayanan, a former Indian Space Research Organization scientist and aerospace engineer who was falsely accused of espionage.

Madhavan said that he had discussed the idea of ​​the film with Shah Rukh Khan when they were working on Zero (2018), in which he had an extended guest appearance.

“Even when I attended his birthday party, he remembered and said ‘Maddie, I want to do a role in your film. Just let me go through the background.’ I thanked him for his kind words and he said, ‘No, no. I’m serious’,” he recalled.

Two days later, when Madhavan’s wife Sarita asked him to thank Shah Rukh for his gesture, the actor said he sent a message to the star’s manager asking him to express her gratitude.

“Soon, his manager called me and said, ‘Khan sahab is asking when do you want dates?’ I said I don’t want to castle in the air. But he was very serious. Then, I said there was no background role for him, there was an important part,” he said.

While Shah Rukh Khan stars as himself in the Hindi and English versions of the film, Suriya stars as himself in Tamil.

Describing Rocketry as “the story of a superhero” told through a commercial film, Madhavan said he hopes to make more films celebrating the success stories of scientists, engineers and IT experts.

Last month, the film premiered at the Marche du Film section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival in France and Madhavan said he hopes he has made the country proud internationally.

Asked whether films based on science and technology should get support from the government, the actor said any kind of film should be promoted by the film industry itself.

“I don’t think the government should extend its support (for films set in the field of science). I think we, the people of 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 it is the right thing. The government should do its job and so should the film industry.”

Madhavan also addressed the growing popularity of South films in the North and said that a good film will work regardless of language.

“Four films from the south like KGF, Baahubali, Pushpa and RRR have become hits. It is not that all the films out there have become hits. Also, it is not that our Hindi films did not work at all. Movies like The Kashmir Files, Gangubai and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 have also worked.

He said, “The films that have worked have a crisp storyline and every actor has given years to these projects. Getting into the character, so much hard work, the audience sees all these things. If the film is good, it should be a superhit. irrespective of the language,” he said.

Rocketry, which has also been dubbed in Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada, is scheduled to release on July 1.


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