Where there’s Hitler, there’s bound to be war. But, this one is perhaps the first of its kind in Bollywood. Delhi-based filmmaker Nalin Singh, 36, has alleged that actor Anupam Kher, 56, has not returned the signing amount of his controversial under-production film Gandhi To Hitler, even after backing out from the project in June last year. Kher, on the other hand, says that he has only charged the filmmaker for using his name to publicise the film.
“I had paid him the signing amount — Rs 4,00,000 — one-and-a-half year back, when he was to play Hitler’s role. He had read the script. After the production work had started, costumes were designed and dates blocked, he announced to the press that he was not doing the film because his fans were urging him not to. He did not bother to inform us,” says Singh, adding that Kher did not respond to his messages on the matter.
Kher argues, “From the time they started the movie, he (Nalin) has cashed in on my name. I’ve charged them for using my name for publicity. And, much lesser than I should have!”