Did you know? Amitabh was dropped from his first film with Jaya after just 10 days of shooting
Undoubtedly, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan are one of the golden couples of Bollywood. Their relationship have stood the test of time despite various hurdles and difficulties. It’s been almost 44 years to their marriage now, but both have managed to keep their onscreen chemistry intact even today. This beautiful pair was first seen sharing screen space together on big screen in ‘Bansi Birju’ (1972). This was followed by many classics like ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Chupke Chupke’ and ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…’. The association of Amitabh and Jaya goes back a long way when the latter had made her debut in Bollywood with ‘Guddi’ (1971). The film directed by late Hrishikesh Mukherjee featured Jaya opposite Samit Bhanja playing the lead roles and Big B in a guest appearance playing himself.
But, the fans and admirers of this golden couple out there wouldn’t be aware that it was none other than Amitabh only who was to play the lead opposite Jaya in ‘Guddi’, later played by Samit Bhanja. Recently, we stumbled upon one of the old blogs of Big B where he recalled that how he was dropped from ‘Guddi’ by Hrishi Da (Hrishikesh Mukherjee) after shooting for it for almost 10 days. And sadly, it couldn’t see the onscreen pairing of Amitabh opposite Jaya in the latter’s debut Hindi film. (Also Read:When Amitabh Bachchan continued shooting, even after getting injured)
Amitabh had written a blog about late Hrishikesh Mukherjee, sharing his association with him, and the films that he did with him. While talking about them, he mentioned the name of ‘Guddi’ in it as well.
Big B shares, “I mention ‘Guddi’, because I was the hero of the film, (Jaya, as most know was the Heroine, it being her first film) and actually shot for it for almost 10 days. But, during the making of ‘Guddi’, ‘Anand’ released and became a huge success. It had Rajesh Khanna in the lead, the first actor for whom the term superstar was coined. Nothing ever has been seen since, that comes anywhere near matching the hysteria and fan madness of those years. The success of ‘Anand’ rubbed a bit off on to me as well and Hrishi Da felt that a now known face for ‘Guddi’ would be inappropriate for the film. I was dropped from the film and Samit Bhanja, a very fine and accomplished actor of prominence in Bengali cinema was taken opposite Jaya. I remember I was shooting for a South Production of a film called ‘Pyaar Ki Kahani’, when Hrishi Da called me and told me of his decision. I was crest fallen. But he explained to me the reason and I understood. He did, however, do something very sweet. In a sequence of ‘Guddi’, he put in a clip of another film I was shooting for those days, ‘Parwana’ where I played an obsessed lover with grey shades. ‘See’ he said later to me ‘I have not dropped you from the film, you are very much there’!”
“‘Guddi’ had brought Jaya and me together and since she was given the first break by Hrishi Da he became in a sense our godfather. When Jaya and I decided to marry, he was the first one that we went to after telling our parents to seek blessings. Him and Abbas Saheb. There is another fact that many may not know. The leading lady that I have done the maximum number of films with, is Jaya. And most of the films have been directed by Hrishi Da,” added the megastar.
As luck would have it, Amitabh and Jaya didn’t starred opposite each other in ‘Guddi’. But, perhaps it was destiny that they went on to work together in many films and ultimately the love blossomed between the two, making them an inseparable pair.
When Sanjay Dutt didn't wake up for two days after taking drugs
Sunil and Nargis Dutt’s son, Sanjay Dutt‘s life has been a roller-coaster ride. Born in 1959, Sanjay Dutt’s life has always been under the media scanner. Though we know how eventful his life has been, after watching the trailer of his upcoming biopic ‘Sanju’, we all were quite surprised to know certain things about the various phases of this actor’s life. The film will apparently highlight all the highs and lows of Sanjay Dutt’s life in which his addiction to drugs will also form an integral part.
We came across an old video interview of the actor with veteran actress Simi Garewal from her show ‘Rendezvous with Simi Garewal’. In this interview, the actor spilled the beans on how badly his life got affected by his addiction to drugs. He went on to narrate an incidence where he once sniffed Heroin and went on to sleep for straight two days! (Also Read:‘Sanju’: Rajkumar Hirani recreates a scene from ‘Munna Bhai M.B.B.S’ after 15 years!)
Sanjay woke up in the morning next day feeling extremely hungry. He asked his servant to make something for him but was shocked to see his servant cry. When Sanjay asked him why he was crying, the servant told him that he had woken up after two long days. This specific incident had left his entire family scared. After this episode, the actor understood that it was time to wake up and smell the coffee before it gets too late.
You can check out his full interview below:
The actor later went into rehabilitation and came out clean. ‘Sanju’, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has Ranbir Kapoor playing Sanjay Dutt. Also starring Sonam Kapoor, Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala in pivotal roles, the film is all set to hit the silver screens on June 29. Till then stay tuned for more such interesting stories.
Ranbir Kapoor gave these many retakes for a scene in 'Saawariya'
Director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and the word perfection go hand in hand. The man is extremely particular when it comes to his film and takes care of even the minutest details in every scene. This is also the reason why most of his films are blockbusters. One of the actors who was privileged enough to work with this man is none other than Ranbir Kapoor. Mr Kapoor made his Bollywood debut with SLB’s directorial ‘Saawariya’. Though the movie did not work wonders at the box office, it did give a fair amount of recognition to Ranbir.
In a recent interaction with senior journalist Anupama Chopra, the actor recalled his ‘Saawariya’ days and spoke about the no. of retakes he had to deliver for one particular scene in the song ‘Jab Se Tere Naina.’ (Also Read:In Pics: Lovebirds Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt visit Sanjay Dutt’s residence)
The actor said,” I started with Sanjay Leela Bhansali and he doesn’t do anything less than 45 takes. So even if I had to turn my head, I probably had to give 50 takes. There was a shot in this so-called ‘towel song’ Jab Se Tere Naina, where I had to roll back on this chair and fall down and the towel had to fall in a certain way with my leg showing and there was one shot where I was lying down laughing and I had to get up and sing a song and he’s very particular about what beat you catch, he’s a very musical director – you fall on this beat, you lift your head here, you laugh here – everything is musical. I did 45 or 50 takes one day and my back really broke. The next morning when I came back, he said, ‘No, I’ve not got it’ and I had to do another 70 takes.”
Well, that is something huge but then if you wish to get appreciation from a man like Bhansali, you ought to put in that much amount of effort.