Nana Patekar revealed that he has reduced his fees by 80 percent for The Vaccine War. Director Vivek Agnihotri was told Nana Patekar shared how people warned him against casting the actor.
Many people had warned filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri against casting Nana Patekar in the lead role in his film The Vaccine War, citing concerns about Nana’s reputation. However, Nana revealed that he gave 80 percent discount in his fees for the project and invested fully in it.
During an interview with Aaj Tak, Nana discussed how Vivek came to him with the script of the film and asked about his fees. Nana agreed to pay less than his usual fee, offering an 80 percent discount. He said, “When he came to my village with this film, he asked me about my fees. When I told him what my fees were, he said he couldn’t pay that much. He told me how much he could pay and I agreed with him. I gave 80 percent discount in my fees for this film. After the demise of Irrfan, Rishi Kapoor and Om Puri, a place has become vacant. So people are like she is crazy but let’s take her. Many people warned Vivek that the film would not be completed if I acted in it.
Vivek shared his experience of casting Nana, stating that many people had warned him against it, citing concerns that Nana might get overly involved and even direct the film himself. You can also try. He said, “Everyone told me, are you crazy? Where are you going? He kills directors. There is no doubt that many big directors have suffered losses. But we made a list of all those actors who did not leave any stone unturned in their acting even after getting a bad role and we stopped at Nana Patekar. Everyone told me not to go near him because he is a crazy man who interferes a lot and he will direct the film himself. But I had confidence in him.”
The Vaccine War had a slow start at the box office upon its release on September 28. The film has struggled to reach Rs 10 crore in terms of box office earnings. In contrast, Fukrey 3, which released on the same date, has performed much better, approaching the Rs 50 crore mark.
Vaccine War is a surreal recap of the development of Covaxin during the COVID-19 pandemic in India, highlighting the efforts of the scientists involved in its creation.