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When Hrishikesh Mukherjee said other directors reduced Amitabh Bachchan to a ‘stuntman’: ‘They exploited his image’

With movies like Anand, Namak Haram, Chupke Chupke, Anupama, Satyakam, Gol Maal, amongst many others, filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee left an unmistakable impression within the Hindi movie business. Mukherjee was one of many few administrators who labored with all of the display screen icons of the period – Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan amongst many others. Nevertheless it was his affiliation with Large B that added range to Amitabh Bachchan’s filmography and took him past his persona because the ‘offended younger man’.

Within the 1970s, whereas Bachchan was performing in movies like Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, he was additionally doing movies like Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke, Anand and Namak Haram that added versatility to his filmography. In a 1998 interview to Filmfare, Mukherjee shared that different administrators of the period “decreased him (Bachchan) to a stunt man.” He mentioned, “Different administrators tried to take advantage of his picture. They decreased him to a stunt man. Some individuals mentioned I made a blunder by making sing classical songs in Alaap when he was busy holding weapons and booze bottles in different movies. Sadly, Alaap didn’t do nicely. It was launched in the course of the Emergency once I was very depressed. I assumed it was the top of my life.”

Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Amitabh Bachchan and Prakash Mehra in a uncommon photograph. (Picture: The Press Reporter Archives)

After Amitabh and Hrishikesh collaborated on Anand, the place Amitabh performed Dr Bhaskar Banerjee, the director needed to rope the actor in for his subsequent movie Guddi. Primarily based on the inside workings of the movie business, Guddi centered round Jaya Bachchan’s titular character. Mukherjee needed to forged Bachchan within the position of the movie star who breaks the phantasm of the world of glamour however needed to drop Amitabh from the position after just a few days of shoot. The position in the end went to Dharmendra.

Mukherjee shared within the 1998 interview, “After capturing for five-six days, his secretary rang up and mentioned he had no extra dates. Anand had been launched, he’d grow to be a star in a single day. So I mentioned, neglect about Guddi. I rang up Amitabh in Madras and informed him, you’re out of Guddi however you’ll be in my subsequent movie.”

chupke chupke Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore in a nonetheless from Chupke Chupke. (Picture: The Press Reporter Archives)

This incident didn’t bitter their relationship however, the truth is, introduced them nearer. A number of years in the past, Amitabh Bachchan had shared on his weblog that when he and Jaya determined to get married, Hrishikesh Mukherjee was the primary particular person after their mother and father who realized of the news. “When Jaya and I made a decision to get married, he was the primary particular person after our mother and father, whom we met to tell of our resolution. Him and Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, my first movie director,” he wrote.

Mukherjee additionally recollected this incident within the interview and shared that when Amitabh informed him about his plans of marrying Jaya, he known as up Jaya. “Amitabh got here and mentioned he needed to marry Jaya. I informed Jaya, ‘I’m not coming to the wedding out of your aspect, I’ll be there from my son’s aspect’.”

Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s final movie as a director launched in 1998. Starring Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla, the movie was Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate.

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