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Bollywood celebrities may charge a lot of money for films, but that doesn't mean that there will work only for money. There are many Bollywood stars who are not bothered by the money factor and are ready to do films solely for friendship.
Recently news broke out that Shahid Kapoor acted in Haider for free. Apparently Shahid and Vishal have not charged a single penny for the movie, Vishal quoted to a leading tabloid, "When he started planning the film, both Shahid and I agreed that it had to make money from day one. But, we also knew that Haider was a big film with a huge budget, an ensemble cast and lavish action pieces. Filming in Kashmir added to the costs. The only way we could succeed in our endeavor was not to burden the film with our remunerations. We kept the secret between us for a long time but it's finally out."
Shahid Kapoor was apparently so sure that the movie is special, he too decided to forgo his payment for the film so that neither the budget would get stretched nor would the team have to compromise on anything. It's nice to see stars do such beautiful things, for sometimes even a middle class human tends to get materialistic.
Amitabh Bachchan is one great man who comes to my mind when I think about stars working for free. Deepak Sawant was a loyal make up man for Amitabh Bachchan, they worked together for almost 35 years and he was always there for Big B. So when Deepak turned producer with Bhojpuri films, Ganga , Gangotri and Ganga Devi, Amitabh acted in all these movies for free.
It's not just Amitabh Bachchan and Shahid Kapoor who worked for free, there are many Bollywood stars who have been humble enough to work for free in movies. Let's check out who are those big A-list celebrities who have worked in movies for free.
Amitabh Bachchan had worked in his makeup man, Deepak Sawant's three Bhojpuri movies for free in due respect to the long association (35 years) they had together. He worked in Shahrukh Khan's Paheli, The Great Gatsby, Bol Bachchan and many more such projects for free.
Whenever Salman's friends ask him to do a special appearance in the film, he never refuses. And at the same time he doesn't charge a single penny for it, he has appeared in Tees Maar Khan, Fugly and Son Of Sardaar for free.
Shahid Kapoor has acted in Haider for free, so that it doesn't burden the movie in anyway.
Shahrukh Khan returned Big B's favour in Paheli by acting in Bhootnath Returns for free and Rakesh Roshan had given Shahrukh his biggest hits, Karan Arjun and Koyla, so he worked for Breakfree song in Krazzy 4 for free. When they were issues regarding his wardrobe, he even coughed up money from his own pocket. He even acted in Dulha Mil Gaya movie for free.
Priyanka Chopra did an item song, Khudaya Khair in Billu for free. She apparently returned the cheque after she was done shooting for the item song.
Katrina did Chikni Chameli for free, but Karan returned her gesture by gifting her a Ferrari. When Katrina's hairstylist Pomila Hunter made a movie, the actress made a special appearance in the movie for free and even promoted the movie herself.
Sanjay Dutt did a action sequence in Ra. One for free. Though his dates where blocked, he took time out solely for SRK.
Kareena did Marjaani in Billu for free as she was close to SRK and when Salman wanted her be part of the Fevicol song, she din't accept money for it either.
Sonakshi Sinha has worked with Akshay on many films and so when she did two songs Har Kisi Ko and Party All Night for Akshay's Boss, she didn't charge any money and worked in the movie for free.
Kajol is extremely close to Karan and he too considers her to be a lucky charm and so always ensures that she does a special appearance in all his movies. The actress hasn't charged any money for all the guest appearances she has done.
Rani too is close to Karan so she din't charge a penny for her role in Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham.