The time when Pahlaj Nihalani made Suniel Shetty feel utterly destroyed

The time was of the 90s, and action as a genre was turning a new leaf in Bollywood, almost creating a trend. Many macho stars like Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and more, were gaining popularity for their action movies. And that was the time when yet another actor arrived, and went on to make a name for himself in the said genre. No points for guessing, it was none other than actor Suniel Shetty who went on to dominate the 90s with his action movies like ‘Mohra’, ‘Bhai’, ‘Anth’ and more. Recently, the actor is in news for making a comeback after a gap of almost three years, with an extended cameo in the soon to release ‘A Gentleman’. His new look and presence is indeed a treat for the audiences who are more than curious to see him back on big screen.

Well, it can be rightly said that the actor is all set to kickstart his second innings, but, recently we stumbled upon an old interview of the actor when he recalled a period when he felt completely destroyed. And the reason behind this traumatic feeling was shockingly none other than Pahlaj Nihalani. Yes! You heard that right. (Also Read:Suniel Shetty has a drastically different take on nepotism)


Today, the ones who adore and follow cinema would surely be aware of Pahlaj Nihalani, who is the current chief of Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). The honcho of the certification board is in the news every now and then for his stringent policies that restrict the liberty of cinema, that too for reasons that are mostly laughable. But, leaving that aside, many would be aware of this fact that Pahlaj Nihalani was once a producer who made films like ‘Ilzaam’, ‘Aag Ka Gola’, ‘Aankhen’ and ‘Shola Aur Shabnam’. It was during the time of early 90s when Suniel Shetty was running his restaurant and had even started his own fashion store named Mischief. As the actor was trying to enter Bollywood, it was Pahlaj Nihalani with whom he signed his first film titled ‘Arzoo’. But, the film was stopped and Nihalani offered him another film ‘Ek Aur Faulad’ which eventually faced the same fate like the earlier one and was later shelved.

In his interview with a film magazine in the year 1994, Suniel Shetty was questioned on his backlog of B and C grade movies, which could be a hindrance in his career. To which, he replied by saying, “Early in my career I was ditched by Pahlaj Nihalani. It completely destroyed me when he scrapped a film starring me after nine reels. And then he decided to shelve the second one. Beggars cannot be choosers. I just wanted films. Whoever came to me I signed on.”

Somewhere during this whole unfortunate experience with Nihalani, producer Raju Mavani spotted the actor and offered him ‘Balwaan’, which later turned out to be Suniel’s debut film in Bollywood.

Ranbir Kapoor gave these many retakes for a scene in 'Saawariya'

Ranbir Kapoor gave these many retakes for a scene in 'Saawariya'
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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 time when Pahlaj Nihalani made Suniel Shetty feel utterly destroyed

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.

Viral Video: Young Shah Rukh Khan receives best actor award from Janhvi Kapoor

Viral Video: Young Shah Rukh Khan receives best actor award from Janhvi Kapoor

Late actress Sridevi‘s daughter Janhvi Kapoor is all set to mark her Bollywood debut in Karan Johar‘s ‘Dhadak’. The film also stars Ishaan Khattar in a lead role. Recently, the makers had unveiled the trailer of the film and it was well appreciated by many fans and critics.


But much before Janhvi’s debut film hits the screens, a video featuring young Janhvi is going viral on the social network. In the video, we can see Janhvi Kapoor handing over the Best Actor Award to none other than Shah Rukh Khan the Badshah of Bollywood. (Also Read: Watch: Janhvi Kapoor grooves to Arjun-Parineeti’s hit number)

Check out the video here:

A cute young Janhvi is seen standing on the stage with her father Boney Kapoor and actress Preity Zinta. Her father picks her up to announce the award and as soon as SRK reaches the stage Janhvi hands over the award to him. The Khan is seen planting a kiss on her cheek.

‘Dhadak’ is directed by Shashank Khaitan and will hit the screens on July 20, 2018. It is a Hindi adaption of Marathi superhit film ‘Sairat’.