Actor R Madhavan made his directorial debut with the film Rocketry: The Nambi Effect. The filmmaker, in a recent press conference, revealed that Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya didn’t charge any fee for their cameos in the film.
Madhavan told the press, “Be it Suriya or (Shah Rukh) Khan sahab, none of them charge any fee for the film. They didn't even charge anything for the caravans, costumes, and assistants.”
“Suriya flew out to shoot in Mumbai along with his crew on his own money. He didn't even charge for the flights or for the dialogue writer who translated his lines in Tamil.”R Madhavan to the press
Madhavan added that there are a ‘lot of good people in the film industry’. “But, I'm from outside. People have helped me a lot. Just on my request Amit ji (Amitabh Bachchan) or Priyanka Chopra posted a tweet (in the film’s support). I'm grateful for their love and respect towards me,” Madhavan said.
The actor-filmmaker also revealed how Shah Rukh became a part of the film, “I mentioned Rocketry to Shah Rukh Khan sahab when I worked with him in Zero ...he remembered it vividly and during one of his birthday parties he asked me about the film's status and expressed his desire to be a part of the film.”
He added that SRK told him, “Mujhe background mein koi bhi role chalega main is film ka hissa hona chahta hu. (I’m okay with any role in the background, I just want to be a part of this film).”
He thought SRK was joking but when he sent a message to SRK’s manager expressing his gratitude, the manager responded, “Khan sahab dates puch rahe hai shoot ki (Khan sir is asking about the shoot dates).”
“And that's how he became a part of our film,” Madhavan said.
Rocketry: The Nambi Effect follows the story of Nambi Narayanan, a former ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) scientist who was falsely accused of espionage. R Madhavan even wrote and produced the film and plays the lead role.
The film is slated for release on 1 July and will be out in Hindi, English, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Tamil.