12 Bollywood Stars Who Didn’t Charge A Penny Or Just Took A Small Shagun For Roles In Movies
Bollywood is a dream of many youngsters who want to earn name, fame and money but the harsh truth is that very few get the chance to prove themselves while the majority of people keep struggling until they decide to quit. Undoubtedly, there is a lot of money in this industry and even an actor who doesn’t play lead roles gets to earn much more than what he would have earned in any other profession. However, there have been times when some actors have not taken even a single penny or have charged a very small amount in comparison to their usual fees for working in a movie.
Here is the list of such actors:
1. Shah Rukh Khan
The superstar Shah Rukh Khan who is one of the highest paid actors of Bollywood didn’t even charge a single penny for working in Kamal Haasan starrer Hey Ram as it was SRK’s dream to work with the southern superstar. Kamal Haasan has praised Shah Rukh many times in various interviews for working for free in the Tamil movie.
2. Farhan Akhtar
The multi-talented Farhan Akhtar worked pretty hard for getting into shape while preparing for the role of Milkha Singh which he played in the Flying Sikh’s biography. But the Rock On actor charged only Rs. 11 for his role for which he was showered with praise, love and affection by the audiences.
3. Amitabh Bachchan
The legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan was quite impressed with the work of director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and wanted to work with him. So when he got the chance to work in Black, he didn’t take any salary for the movie as he felt that being part of the movie was more than enough for him.
4. Salman Khan
Salman Khan is undoubtedly one of the biggest superstars of Bollywood and has given some back to back hits in the recent times. He is also known as friend of friends and has worked for free in quite a few movies for the sake of friendship. The movies in which Salman did a cameo but didn’t charge a single penny are Son of Sardaar, Tees Maar Khan, Ajab Prem Ki Gajab Kahani and Om Shanti Om.
5. Kareena Kapoor Khan
Despite the fact that Kareena is one of the most loved leading ladies of Bollywood, she has soared the temperatures high with her sexy moves in item songs as well. One of her most famous item songs is Fevicol Se from Dabangg 2 in which she danced with Salman. Interestingly, she didn’t charge fees for that song as well as for the track Marjaani from SRK starrer Billu.
6. Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone’s debut movie was Om Shanti Om in which she worked with the King of romance, Shah Rukh Khan. The actress didn’t charge any money for the Farah Khan directed film for which she was recommended by the fashion designer Wendell Rodricks.
7. Sonam Kapoor
The beautiful actress who started her career with Saawariya charged only Rs.11 for Milkha Singh biopic, just like her co-actor Farhan Akhtar. Sonam Kapoor’s screen time was not much in the movie but she still made her presence felt with her acting.
8. Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif who has worked with almost all the big stars of the industry performed in the item song Chikni Chameli of Hrithik Roshan starrer Agneepath for absolutely free as a friendship gesture to Karan Johar. However, KJo returned the gesture by gifting a Ferrari to Katrina Kaif.
9. Shahid Kapoor
Working with a great director like Vishal Bharadwaj is a dream of many actors and when Shahid Kapoor got this chance, he was also overwhelmed. However, you may be surprised to know that Shahid Kapoor didn’t take a single penny as fees so that the flick did not cross the budget.
10. Irrfan Khan
The late actor who was undoubtedly one of the best actors whom we have seen on the screen also worked for free in a movie, Road to Ladakh. What made Irrfan different from other actors is the fact that just before leaving for Ladakh for shooting, Irrfan met with an accident and got injured but he didn’t leave the project as he had given his word to the director of the film.
11. Meena Kumari
The legendary actress Meena Kumari charged only Re.1 for Pakeezah which went on to become one of the biggest hits of Bollywood. However just after few weeks of the release of Pakeezah, Meena Kumari took her last breath due to liver cirrohosis.
12. Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Nawazuddin played the lead character in the biopic of late Urdu writer Saadat Hasan Manto which was titled as Manto. He also didn’t charge fees for this 2018 released movie which was praised a lot by the critics.
It seems that it is not always about money in Bollywood.
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