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Before the remake hits the theatres, here are some interesting facts about the original ‘Ittefaq’
The idea of ‘Ittefaq’ came from a play
Director Yash Chopra’s big budget film ‘Aadmi Aur Insaan’ (1969) had taken a halt from shooting owing to actress Saira Banu’s surgery. During this period, Yash Chopra watched a play which was adapted from a British play ‘Signpost to Murder’. He liked the idea very much and thus it was adapted as a screenplay for the movie 'Ittefaq'. It was shot in a short period of 28 days and released in a period of three months which was a record in itself, at the time.
‘Ittefaq' had no interval
With a running duration of 1 hour 45 minutes, director Yash Chopra’s ‘Ittefaq’ was one of the first few Indian films to have no interval in it.
The only Yash Chopra movie which had no songs
The late veteran filmmaker was one of the few geniuses known for shooting his songs in a truly elaborate fashion, filled completely with beautiful moments. Given that 'Ittefaq' was a mystery with thrilling moments, and had a taut pace,subject with tight pace, it was decided that there would be no songs in it. It became the only film of Yash Chopra which had no songs, and the fourth film till the year 1969 to have no soundtrack.
Yash Chopra’s last film under BR Films
From making his debut with ‘Dhool Ka Phool’ (1959) to ‘Ittefaq’ (1969), Yash Chopra directed five films for his elder brother B. R. Chopra’s banner BR Films. But, after the success of 'Ittefaq', the director decided to setup his own production house naming it Yash Raj Films. The first film made under this banner of Yash Chopra was ‘Daag’ (1973) which also starred Rajesh Khanna in the lead role along with actresses Sharmila Tagore and Rakhee Gulzar.
Rajesh Khanna and Yash Chopra’s first association
‘Ittefaq’ was released exactly a week after Rajesh Khanna’s ‘Aradhana’ had hit the screens. During the making of this mystery thriller, Yash Chopra and Rajesh Khanna had become very close friends. The bond and trust shared between them was quite evident when after leaving his elder brother B. R. Chopra’s banner, Yash Chopra produced his first film ‘Daag’ (1973) under the banner of Yash Raj Films. The film had Rajesh Khanna playing the lead role. After this, both of them worked in ‘Vijay’ (1988) also.