As a friendly favour to Baz Luhrmann, who is doing a re-adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”, a celebrated tale of the golden jazz age written by F Scott Fitzgerald, Amitabh Bachchan has said no to a remuneration for his small role in the film.
One of the finest and most popular Bollywood actors to have appeared in Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan is now taking a step into Hollywood with a small but significant role in “The Great Gatsby” and that too without remuneration.
The unconquered “Baadshah” of Bollywood said in his blog that he had refused to accept remuneration for playing the part of the devious businessman Meyer Wolfsheim in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”.
Wrote the legend, “Baz Luhrmann, last year on a private visit to India, had stopped by my office for a brief meeting with me. He presented me with a couple of fine paintings by a well-known artist who was also with him at the time.” Further on the blog Big B said that the director had called him last month asking if he would be interested in doing this small role in his film. Bachchan agreed to do it, but he would not accept a payment in return. Said he, “This is just a small token of appreciation.”
The actor travelled to Sydney where the script was to be read out to the star cast followed by costume rehearsals for the film. He felt greatly pleased to be a part of their efficient system and said that he had had a marvellous experience observing their meticulous ways of working.
Amitabh Bachchan will be starring alongside Leonardo Di Caprio as the unfathomable Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as the superficial but charming Daisy Buchanan and Toby McGuire as Nick Carraway in this $126m project that is currently underway in Sydney. Rumours also have it that Luhrmann is debating about shooting some parts of the film in 3D. However, this is not yet confirmed.
This is the fourth time round that Fitzgerald’s classic tale is being retold on the silver screen. Most memorable among them is the one starring Robert Redford as Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy in Jack Clayton’s 1974 version of the tale. The other two were the silent film from 1926 and the Alan Ladd and Betty Field starring 1949 adaptation.
With a well-known star cast and a talented director behind the camera, this edition of The Great Gatsby is going to be quite something to watch. We are certainly looking forward to seeing the icon of Indian cinema, who has delivered excellent performances in Bollywood, shine as brightly in a Hollywood production too.