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And this was Shah Rukh Khan’s salary for Kamal Haasan’s ‘Hey Ram’..!

Kamal Haasan’s ‘Hey Ram’, when got released in the year 2000, created much a buzz for some controversial elements. The movie was at the receiving end of many criticisms. Well, most of which were over the alleged manner, in which the film portrayed Mahatma Gandhi (in bad light). The movie had Kamal Haasan and Shah Rukh Khan appearing in the lead roles. Nevertheless, the movie went onto receive numerous awards and look what we have now! Bollywood Baadshah, Shah Rukh Khan has bought the Hindi remake rights of ‘Hey Ram’. It was when Kamal gave an interview to a leading media house, which the news got revealed.

According to the interview, Shah Rukh Khan was given the Hindi rights of ‘Hey Ram’ for some particular reasons. The movie was co produced by Kamal Haasan and Bharat Shah. However, what came out to be an interesting revelation was over the remuneration, which King Khan received for ‘Hey Ram’. Reportedly, Kamal Haasan was left with almost zero money in his hand, upon the completion of ‘Hey Ram’. SRK, who shares a close bonding with Kamal, came and enacted his portions with his usual energy level. That said, at the end of filmmaking, Kamal found unable to pay back SRK. Then something unimaginable happened: Kamal gave away his wristwatch for SRK towards his remuneration. This might be unbelievable for you now! But, it was what happened back in 2000. Before concluding his interview, Kamal thanked SRK for wielding his service and friendship for ‘Hey Ram’.

Set in the pre independence era, ‘Hey Ram’ dealt many issues such as Nathuram Godse assassinating Mahatma Gandhi. It also had touched upon many other issues and conveyed a definite politics. ‘Hey Ram’ had an ensemble cast including that of Rani Mukherji, Hema Malini, Naseeruddin Shah, Om Puri, Atul Kulkarni and many others. Directed by Kamal himself, ‘Hey Ram’ bagged multiple awards during the national film awards session, the following year.

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