R Madhavan is promoting Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, his directorial debut. Madhavan recounted an experience that impacted him deeply while he was in Delhi on Monday promoting his directorial debut, in which he also starred.
Because of SRK’s humility, according to Madhavan, he is a fan. Madhavan recalled the circumstances that led to SRK joining Rocketry and offered the following details:
“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.”
Then Maddy revealed that there was much more to SRK’s lovely remarks at the party than he initially thought.
Madhavan added, “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.”
Not only that. Suriya did not want payment for his appearance either.
Madhavan added, “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 has more regard for the decent people in the film industry as a result of such deeds by SRK and Suriya.
Maddy! You maverick… trust you to pick such an intriguing subject to produce, write, direct and act in! ‘Rocketry’ looks amazing… all the very best my friend. https://t.co/3mTfho05f3@ActorMadhavan @NambiNOfficial @TricolourFilm @VijayMoolan#RocketryTheFilm pic.twitter.com/IM2XmRKBnv— PRIYANKA (@priyankachopra) April 1, 2021
He expressed gratitude for the assistance the Indian film industry has given Madhavan, saying,
T 3860 – All the very best Maddy .. 🤗🙏🌹 pic.twitter.com/U6J2mD3uFF— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 1, 2021
“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.”
The biography of Nambi Narayanan, a former rocket scientist of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), who was wrongly convicted of espionage and detained in 1994, served as the inspiration for the movie rocketry.