Suriya and Shah Rukh Khan didn’t charge a single rupee for Rocketry: A Love Story. R Madhavan is a Tamil film director

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R Madhavan, who will direct his directorial debut Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, revealed on Monday that celebrities Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya did not ask a fee for their guest appearances in his film.

The actor-filmmaker also thanked megastar Amitabh Bachchan and star-producer Priyanka Chopra Jonas for their social media support for his film.

“Neither Suriya nor (Shah Rukh) Khan sahab demanded a fee for the film.” The caravans, costumes, and assistance were all provided free of charge. Suriya and his crew came up to Mumbai to film on his own dime. He didn’t even charge for the flights or the Tamil-language dialogue writer who translated his words.

“In the film industry, there are a lot of good people.” However, I am an outsider. Many people have aided me greatly. Amit ji (Amitabh Bachchan) or Priyanka Chopra issued a tweet in response to my plea (to support the film). “I am glad for their affection and respect for me,” Madhavan said during the film’s press conference here.

The 51-year-old actor also starred in, wrote, and produced Rocketry, a biopic about Nambi Narayanan, a former Indian Space Research Organisation scientist and aerospace engineer who was wrongfully accused of espionage.

When they were working on Zero (2018), in which he had an extended guest appearance, Madhavan claimed he discussed the idea for the film with Shah Rukh Khan.

“He recalled me at his birthday celebration and said, ‘Maddy, I want to do a role in your film.’ Just let me fade into the background.’ ‘No, no,’ he answered as I thanked him for his good remarks. ‘I’m serious,’ he said.

When Madhavan’s wife Sarita urged him to thank Shah Rukh for his gesture two days later, the actor said he sent a message to the star’s manager requesting her to do so.

“Shortly after, his manager called me and asked, ‘Khan sahab, when do you want the dates?’ I stated that I do not wish to construct castles in the sky. He was, however, dead serious. Then I told him he didn’t have a supporting role; he had a major one,” he added.

Suriya plays himself in the Tamil version, whereas Shah Rukh Khan plays himself in the Hindi and English versions.

Rocketry is a “tale of a superhero” portrayed through a commercial film, according to Madhavan, who wishes that additional films are developed to celebrate the achievements of scientists, engineers, and IT specialists.

The film premiered last month at the Marche du Film section of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival in France, and Madhavan expressed his hope that he had done the country proud on a global scale.

When asked if movies about science and technology should be subsidised by the government, the actor responded that any form of film should be supported by the film industry itself.

“I don’t believe the government should continue to help” (to films set in the field of science). I believe that we, as members of the film business, should take the initiative and produce these films after conducting study. When the government backs a film, it appears to be a propaganda piece. That, in my opinion, is not the proper course of action. The government, as well as the entertainment business, should do their jobs.”

Madhavan also addressed the growing popularity of south Indian films in the north, stating that a good film will work regardless of the language.

“Four films from the south have become hits: KGF, Baahubali, Pushpa, and RRR. It’s not as if all of the films produced there have been commercial successes. Also, it’s not as if our Hindi flicks were a flop. The Kashmir Files, Gangubai, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 are examples of successful films.

“The successful films featured clear storytelling and each performer devoted years to their projects. The audience notices all of these things when you get into character, as well as all of your hard work. “Regardless of the language, if the picture is good, it becomes a super blockbuster,” he continued.

On July 1, Rocketry, which has been dubbed in Malayalam, Telugu, and Kannada, will be released.