‘Rocketry’: How SRK and Suriya became a part of the film without fee

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The film is based on the life of the former space scientist Nambi Narayanan, who was falsely accused of espionage and arrested in 1994

Our Bureau
Mumbai

‘Rocketry: The Nambi Effect’, the biographical drama movie which is based on the life of renowned scientist Nambi Narayanan, launched the trailer on the NASDAQ billboard at Times Square.

Madhavan, who has directed, produced, written as well as starred in the film, was present at the trailer launch along with former ISRO scientist and aerospace engineer Nambi Narayan. The movie is set to release on July 1, 2022. Phyllis Logan, Vincent Riotta, Ron Donachie, Simran, Rajit Kapur, Ravi Raghavendra, Misha Ghoshal, Gulshan Grover, Karthik Kumar and Dinesh Prabhakar are also a part of the project.

The film will also see special appearances by superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Suriya. It has been shot in India, Franc, Canada, Georgia and Serbia. It will be out in several languages including Hindi, Tamil and English.

Shah Rukh Khan, the king of hearts for many due to his ability to make feel special, has smitten actor R Madhavan too who is completely awed by the superstar’s humility.

While promoting his upcoming film, Madhavan revealed that SRK did not charge a single penny for his cameo in the project. “I mentioned about ‘Rocketry’ to Shah Rukh Khan sahab when I worked with him in ‘Zero’ …he vividly remembered it that 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. ‘Mujhe background me koi bhi role chalega main is film ka hissa hona chahta hu’, Khan sahab told me. I thought he was joking. Two days later my wife Sarita asked me to thank Khan sahab for his kind words. I dropped a message to Khan sahab’s manager asking her to convey my gratitude to him and I instantly got a text from the manager saying, ‘khan sahab dates puch rhe hai shoot ki’.. and that’s how he became a part of our film,” Madhavan recalled.

Apart from SRK, Suriya also did not charge any fee for his guest role in ‘Rocketry’, which is based on the life of the former rocket scientist at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Nambi Narayanan, who was falsely accused of espionage and arrested in 1994.

“The two (SRK and Suriya) did not charge a single penny for their work in the film. They did not charge anything for caravans, costumes, and assistants. In fact, Suriya flew out to shoot in Mumbai with his crew on his own money. He did not charge for the flights or for the dialogue writer who translated his lines in Tamil,” Madhavan shared.

Such gestures of SRK and Suriya have increased Madhavan’s respect for the good people in the film industry. “There are a lot of good people in the industry. I am an outsider and I have met several people in my career who whole-heartedly helped me. Just on my request, Amit ji (Amitabh Bachchan) or Priyanka Chopra post a tweet (to show their support for the film). I am grateful for their love and respect,” Madhavan said.

‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ going strong after five weeks

Kartik Aaryan’s ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ is rock steady in theatres! The film entered its fifth week on Monday and continues to amaze the audience with its stellar performances and comic timings. The film hit the OTT platform Netflix last Friday and despite that, it is having a steady run in the cinema halls. Since its release on the OTT platform, it has been number one on the charts, beating blockbusters like RRR and Spider-Man: No Way Home.

The film earned a total of 7 crores in theatres in the last five days, inching closer to the 200-crore club. ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ hit the screens on May 20 and surpassed everyone’s expectations as far as the numbers were concerned. In its first week, the film collected a total of Rs 92.05 crores, followed by Rs 49.70 crores in week 2. In the third week, the film did a business of Rs 21.4 crores and Rs 13 crores the following week.

Continuing its winning streak, the film is expected to enter the 200-crore club very soon. Globally, the film has already crossed the magic figure.

Directed by Anees Bazmi, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ is a horror-comedy drama with Kartik Aaryan, Kiara Advani and Tabu in lead roles. The film has been produced by Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar under the banner T-Series Films and Murad Khetani and Anjum Khetani under the banner Cine1 Studios.

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