Audiences will be surprised to know that Amitabh Bachchan is billed as 'friendly appearance' in the opening credits of Chehre when in fact, he is present in almost every frame of the taut suspense thriller. There is a special reason for acknowledging the film’s leading actor in this atypical way.
Reveals the film’s director Rumi Jafry. “Bachchan Sa'ab has not charged a single penny for the film." When he heard the script he was so happy that he insisted on doing the film for free. By billing him as a “friendly appearance” we are acknowledging his exceptional generosity in an industry where actors charge for even a sneeze. Not only that, but he also insisted on paying for his entire expenses of shooting in Poland from his own pocket. He travelled with his entourage on his own money to Poland and paid for all the hotel expenses.”
Rumi gets emotional as he speaks about the experience of working with the Big B. “Chehre could not have happened without him. Ranjit Kapoor and I wrote the original script (contrary to reports Chehre is not a remake) keeping Bachchan Sa'ab in mind. If he had said no, we would have dropped the project. He not only came on board immediately but also insisted on not taking any payment.”
Incidentally, this is not the first time that Big B has forgone his fee. He did Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black for free.
Chehre starring Amitabh Bachchan, Emraan Hashmi, Krystle D'Souza, Rhea Chakraborty was released on August 27.
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