Many stars are known for their philanthropy and humility, and instances where they have helped producers or filmmakers often make headlines. If we look at the Tamil film industry, the list is long, starting with MGR, Sivaji Ganesan and Jaishankar. The next generation of stars like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have also helped the producers on several occasions. With Rajinikanth alone, SP Muthuraman has directed 25 films. In the same year, Rajini appeared in two or three of his films as an actor.
There is an interesting story of SP Muthuraman turning producer for the first time. Muthuraman, who wanted to do something to help the artists traveling with him, told Rajini about the matter and asked him to do a film for them. The result was the 1992 film Pandyan which Rajinikanth did entirely for free. This was SP Muthuraman’s first production and Rajinikanth did not charge any fee for it. Not only this, since the film was made on a low budget, Rajinikanth improvised the fight scenes in the film so that no glass or props were broken during the action, unlike most films that break a lot during fight scenes. Let’s go , This saved the production a lot of money.
14 key people in his unit, including Muthuraman, shared the profits from Pandian. Assistant director VA Durai said he had bought a house with the money he got from Pandian. In 2002, when Rajini produced Baba, he took on VA Durai as an associate producer.
Kamal Haasan has also been understanding towards producers and filmmakers. When GN Rangarajan was struggling financially, Kamal acted pro bono in Maharasan in 1993. Prior to acting in Maharasana, Kamal was undergoing treatment for a fractured hip bone following an accident on the sets. Since he could not sit on any flat place, he made a circular hole in the middle of the chair on which he could sit and pretended to sit in it in pain. He did not want to inconvenience the production team by waiting for his hip to heal.
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