Stars are notorious at making the lives of producers miserable by making obscene demands. It is good to learn from Rajeev Masand that there are a few actors who are unlike the rest. He may be a bad husband, who cheated on his ex-wife with several women, but he sure is good at heart. We wonder what is up with his romance with a much younger actress though!
The unit of an ad-film that had just completed their shoot in Bangkok decided to commemorate a job well done by going to dinner together the night before they were all meant to fly back to Mumbai. A fancy restaurant was picked in one of the city’s posh neighborhoods, and much food and drink was consumed by the gathering of nearly two dozen unit members.
This was one of those rare shoots where the star featuring in the commercial (a multi-hyphenate with multiple creative skills) had become friendly and familiar with the entire team during the course of the shoot. He frequently hung out with technicians and production crew on breaks from set instead of staying ensconced in his make-up room as stars often tend to do. Industry insiders put it down to his Peter Pan complex; he thinks of himself as younger than his years and prefers the company of ‘cooler’, younger folk. So it was no surprise that he decided to join the crew for the wrap-party on their last night in town.
When the check arrived at the end of a long, noisy, drunken night—a fat check reportedly— the team discovered that their star had paid it already while pretending to sneak out for a loo break previously. The producer and the brand reps insisted that they’d take care of the check, but the star insisted that it would be his pleasure. The unit only became bigger fans than they already were.
Why is this so important, you ask? Why does it deserve to be mentioned? Because it’s so rare that Bollywood stars pick up the tab. Forget about paying for others, you’ll seldom find actors who pay their own bills, as any honest producer will tell you, most likely on the condition of anonymity.
So kudos to this guy, and may his tribe increase.
Star: Farhan Akhtar