Amitabh Bachchan Works for FREE for Chiranjeevi

Amitabh Bachchan Works for FREE for Chiranjeevi

Telugu superstar Chiranjeevi and Amitabh Bachchan’s friendship goes back a long way

There are very few stars in Andhra Pradesh who command the enduring and heartfelt respect of Chiranjeevi. God to many, saviour to some, Chiranjeevi has ruled the hearts of millions for decades. One  of  his  admirers  is none other than the mega-star Amitabh Bachchan. The two have known each other for years, and they truly admire  one another. The mutual respect  is  undeniable. So when  Chiranjeevi  personally requested Mr Bachchan  to play a key role in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, the  Big B said yes  without a moment’s hesitation. And  refused to accept any money for his time and  contribution.

During an  earlier  conversation with this writer, Mr Bachchan had said, “There are two  iconic superstars  in the South whom I could never say  no to for  anything. Rajinikanthji and Chiranjeeviji. They  just have to ask. And I am there for them.” Amitabh Bachchan has worked with Rajnikanth in movies like Andha Kanoon in the 80s and they had formed an enduring friendship.

Incidentally Bachchan has done only a guest  appearance in  Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. So it is rather unfortunate that his  name  and presence are being highlighted  for  the  Hindi version of  the  multi-lingual film. But given his professionalism, Big B is unlikely to make an issue out of it.

This is  not the first time that the  Big B has  worked for a friend without accepting money. Years ago, this writer had requested  the actor to put in  a cameo appearance in a Kannada film called Amrit Dhare. He  not only  gave the film’s makers  the time that they needed to  complete the  film, but also refused to accept any money for his appearance in the  film. There have been several other instances as well and sources say, many filmmakers take advantage of the superstar’s magnanimity by getting him to do guest appearances for free and then marketing it.

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