‘Amitabh Bachchan did not take any salary’
Entertainment Desk:On the completion of 12 years of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black on Saturday, megastar Amitabh Bachchan expressed that he didn’t take any salary to work in the project as just working with the filmmaker in such a project was “sufficient fees.”
Black, which released on February 4, 2005, revolves around a blind, deaf girl (played by Rani Mukerji), and her relationship with her teacher (Amitabh) who himself later develops Alzheimer’s disease.
“I had just wanted to work with Sanjay, after seeing all other works he had done. And when the opportunity came, it was quite overwhelming. I did not take any salary for the film. Just being a part of such an enterprise, was sufficient fees,” Amitabh posted on his blog.
The 74-year-old further said that when a fire damaged the set of the film during its production, he and Rani visited Bhansali’s house and got ready to do all the scenes again.
“He (Bhansali) built the first set of the house at a new floor at Film City, the first set to be put up at this floor. I was shooting for ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ in Film City and Bhansali invited me to come over and see the set.
“It was magnificent! And just before I entered, Bhansali had lit up the place with candles. It looked heavenly,” said Amitabh, who won a National Award for Best Actor for his role.
black1-759 Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black got Amitabh Bachchan his second National Award. Even Rani Mukerji won her second Filmfare Award for the same.
However, Amitabh went on to add that when they were “half way through the schedule”, one morning they got to know about the “tragedy — a fire on set, and the entire set burnt down”.
“Rani and I sped across to Sanjay’s home to hold his hand that morning to reassure him that we would re-shoot what had been lost, again. He was quite obviously distraught and broken, but never too much to not get back up on his feet. He did. We did. And the results are there to be seen,” Amitabh added.
Amitabh further said Bhansali asked him to read the story of the film on his own as the Bajirao Mastani director called himself a “bad narrator”.
black-2-759 Amitabh Bachch and Sanjay Leela Bhansali on the sets of Black. Also seen here is child actor Ayesha Kapur, who played young Rani Mukerji.
“It was special from the very first day of its shooting. Bhansali came to Nasik where I was shooting for Khakee to narrate the script to me, stated reading from a very well bound black file, read a few sentences, and then stopped. ‘I am a bad narrator Amitji, you read the script…’ and left for Mumbai,” Amitabh said.
Further praising Bhansali, Amitabh said: “Sanjay’s attention to detail, his creating an ambience to enhance performances, was simply breathtaking”.