Kamal Haasan's Hey Ram completes 20 years of release today. The film is a period drama set during the Partition of India and depicts Mahatma Gandhi's assassination by Nathuram Godse. Kamal Hassan not only acted in the film, but also wrote and directed it. Shah Rukh Khan had an extended cameo in Hey Ram. He played Amjad Ali Khan, a friend of Saket Ram (Kamal Haasan). But do you know what was Shah Rukh's remuneration for doing Hey Ram?
Shah Rukh Khan did the movie for a wristwatch
The actor didn't charge a penny for the role. Instead, he got a wristwatch as payment for Hey Ram. Haasan says, "Nobody will believe that Shah Rukh didn't charge anything for the role. They say that Shah Rukh is a businessman, he is commercial-minded; so am I. But the fact that he knew the budget of Hey Ram. He just wanted to be a part of it. He did the movie for a wristwatch.
Haasan's directorial venture was honored with three National Film Awards
Hey Ram received wide recognition from the critics and was also screened at the International Film Festival and was selected by the Fil Federation as India's official entry to the prestigious Oscars award. Haasan's directorial venture was also honored with three National Film Awards. The movie, released in 2000, attracted several controversies because it incorporated many contentious events from Indian history, like the destruction of Babri Masjid, the Partition of India and assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.