Did you know? Amitabh Bachchan’s mistake on the sets led to Vinod Khanna’s injury
The recent reports of veteran actor Vinod Khanna‘s ill health became a reason of concern for many. And why not? The veteran actor established himself and became a successful name in Bollywood with films like ‘Haath Ki Safai’, ‘Khoon Pasina’, ‘Parvarish’, ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’. He indeed shared a good rapport and understanding with his co-star Amitabh Bachchan. Both of them have worked together in some iconic films made in the period of 70s. Among them, one of the most remarkable is late director Prakash Mehra’s ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’ (1978). However, not many would be aware that once during the shoot of this film, actor Vinod Khanna faced an injury on set and that too it was due to Amitabh Bachchan‘s mistake.
Actor Puneet Issar is a name that is recalled for the near-fatal accident faced by Big B while shooting for an action sequence in their film ‘Coolie’ (1983). In one of his interviews, he recalled the incident when Amitabh was admitted to Breach Candy Hospital, and Puneet had paid a visit to the megastar along with his wife. At that time, the press wrote all kind of things about Puneet making him paranoid. The actor was petrified and thought all this had happened because of him. This was the time when Big B shared a similar incident that happened with him while he was shooting with Vinod Khanna. (Also Read: Vinod Khanna’s son Akshaye Khanna puts his father’s death rumours to rest)
Puneet has said, “In the hospital Mr Bachchan told me about an accident that he had while shooting with Vinod Khanna for a Prakash Mehra film. This is something very few people know. Amit ji was supposed to throw a glass at Vinod Khanna, who was supposed to duck the glass. Everything went fine during the rehearsals, but during the actual take, the timing went wrong and the glass hit Vinod Khanna’s chin. He had to take about 3 to 4 stitches.” [sic]
Amitabh told Puneet that he felt very guilty about this but at that time Vinod Khanna apparently told him to relax and that he knew he didn’t do it deliberately. Puneet remembers Mr. Bachchan telling him, “Puneet relax, it happened to me also. It was an accident. You didn’t mean it.” [sic]
Ironically, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’ was the last film that saw the team up of actors Vinod Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan on big screen, as they haven’t worked together again till date.
However, we are glad that both Vinod Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan recovered from their respective near-fatal incidents that time. We can definitely say that Vinod Khanna is a true fighter and we wish him a speedy recovery.