Kamal Haasan reveals that Shah Rukh Khan didn’t charge anything for Hey Ram: ‘He is connoisseur of art and a good actor’

The 2000 period-drama film was written, directed, and produced by Kamal, which also starred him and Shah Rukh in the lead
Kamal Haasan (Left) and the poster of Hey Ram featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal
Kamal Haasan (Left) and the poster of Hey Ram featuring Shah Rukh Khan and Kamal

Kamal Haasan revealed recently that Shah Rukh Khan didn’t charge anything for the 2000 period-drama, Hey Ram, which was written, directed and produced by Kamal and starred him in the lead along with Shah Rukh. Kamal and Shah Rukh played friends Saket Ram and Amjad Ali Khan, respectively, in the bilingual film.

At the trailer launch of his upcoming movie Indian 2, the veteran actor said titles like 'star' or 'superstar' don't matter while working on a film. "When we work together, we are all just people. I don't see a superstar. He doesn't see a super director. We are friends. Shah Rukh sahib made that film for free. That cannot be done by a superstar. That can be done only by a fan. A connoisseur of art and a good actor. I am ever thankful to him. Later on, you give us those titles and we very shyly accept it," Kamal told reporters here on Tuesday night.

The 69-year-old also spoke about how he wanted screen icon Dilip Kumar to star in the Hindi remake of the 1992 Tamil film Thevar Magan. Directed by Bharathan, it was written and produced by Kamal. It starred Sivaji Ganesan and Kamal as a father-son duo. Unfortunately, Dilip Kumar had decided to retire from cinema by the time he reached out to him.

"I wanted to do it only with Yusuf sahib (Dilip Kumar's real name). When he said I am not going to do any more films. Then, I sold the rights to somebody because I didn't want to and I couldn't think of anybody else. And so that was a dream that didn't come through," Kamal recalled. Eventually, Amrish Puri played the father of Anil Kapoor in Virasat, the 1997 Hindi remake of Tamil film.

Kamal also revealed that he used to come to Mumbai to wish Dilip Kumar on his birthday on December 11. "I am a great fan and a student of Yusuf saab. I don't know how many people know because it was a secret fact. I used to come here whenever I could on December 11 on his birthday and kneel before him to kiss his hand," he added.

Indian 2 is a sequel to Kamal's hit 1996 film Indian, which featured him in a dual role and also starred Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, and Kasthuri Shankar. The film was directed by Shankar, who is returning for the sequel, slated to be released on July 12.

Besides Kamal, the sequel stars Kajal Aggarwal, Siddharth, and Rakul Preet Singh in key roles. It is produced by Subaskaran Allirajah's Lyca Productions and Udhayanidhi Stalin's Red Giant Movies.

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