Any publicity is good publicity, especially so when the release of a film is fast approaching. And the latest project that seems to be taking that seriously is Gandhi To Hitler. Just a week before the release, the makers had announced their intention of taking legal action against actor Anupam Kher, who, according to them, had initially been approached for the role of Adolf Hitler in this period piece.
According to producer Pallavi Mishra, she had met Anupam in Delhi while they were finalising the cast. “Only when he went through the script and agreed to play Hitler did we have him on board with an agreement and a signing amount of `5lakh. In fact, we were to start shooting in a few days, when we learnt — not from him directly, but from an online news forum — that he wasn’t keen on playing the role,” she states, “The report said that Anupam wouldn’t be playing Hitler since his fans didn’t want to see him portray such a character.” Pallavi goes on, “We could not get across to him after that. He was not even willing to return the signing amount. And now, he’s been telling everyone that we are using his name for publicity. Isn’t that absurd?”
This controversy came about after the actor posted on Twitter, “Makers of a soon-to-be-released film are using my name maliciously to publicise their film. Hope it helps them make the film a hit.” Pallavi reacts, “What does he think of himself, why do we need to use his name? He’s hyping himself up for no reason and being extremely unprofessional by not returning the money.”
When contacted, Anupam informs, “Since there is an association where such problems can be addressed, I have done the same. My case is with the Actors’ Association now.”