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Mithun Chakraborthy waives fee, adjusts dates to join the cast of Akshay Kumar’s Oh My God!
Hindustan Times | By Rachana Dubey, Mumbai
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2012 09:49 PM IST

Actor Mithun Chakraborthy recently joined the cast and crew of Oh My God!, produced by Akshay Kumar’s newly-launched banner, Grazing Goat Productions, being helmed by former Colors programming head, Ashvini Yardi.The actor started shooting for the film a couple of days ago. He plays a religious-spiritual ‘saadhu’ (ascetic) in the movie adapted from the popular play Krishna V/s Kanhaiyya that featured character actor, producer Paresh Rawal in the lead.

The catch is that the National Award winner signed up for the movie without accepting his work fee. After much pushing and coaxing, he only accepted a small token fee, which the producers do not wish to declare. Mithun, currently juggling several film and TV assignments, didn’t even have the required dates for the movie.

He’s judging Dance India Dance Season Three, anchoring the Bengali popular chat show, Dadagiri and working on multiple film projects, including Enemmy, where he’s sharing screen space with his son Mahakshay.

After working together in Housefull 2, actor-producer Akshay decided to offer the part to him. Enquiries reveal that the 44-year-old phoned Mithun to request him to listen to the script, despite knowing that he didn’t have the dates to spare. The actor agreed to have the scriptwriter and the director over at his place for a narration. After a couple of hours, when the narration wrapped up, Mithun had tears in his eyes and he agreed to work on the project immediately. The following day, he got his assistants to shuffle around the dates for his other commitments and accommodate the project Akshay and Ashvini had offered him.

“It’s difficult to put in words how deeply touched we are by his gesture,” beams Ashvini, adding, “Mithunda has started shooting with our unit. He’s an absolute delight to work with. He’s not only obliged us by giving us the dates we wanted at such short notice, but he’s also worked out the details of his character on his own. He’s done a lot of research and even helped us source the right costumes for him. He’s defined how his character will translate from paper on to the screen. The results, so far, have blown us away, and how!”

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