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The biggest hits of their career were NEVER meant to be theirs

MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; January 2, 2010)

You talk to any film director and he’ll give you gyaan on how such and such actor is in the film because he/she fit the casting to the ‘t’.

Yet, the reality of the matter is something else. It is usually who is available; and sometimes who is more saleable.

Take the latest: Aamir Khan was never meant to be playing the idiot in his latest film. It was to be Shah Rukh Khan. Since SRK and producer Vidhu Vinod Chopra had a difference of opinion, the Bollywood Badshah was replaced by Aamir. And while the rest is history, there are innumerable such examples in the film industry.

History knows that Amitabh Bachchan was not Prakash Mehra’s first choice for Zanjeer. It was meant to be Dev Anand or Raaj Kumar. When both actors said no, the Big B stepped in. Jaya Bachchan even thanked Dev saab for refusing the Zanjeer role. The film gave her — her real life husband and it gave Bollywood one of its most revered screen couples.

Today you wonder how Dev saab would ever have fit into the angry young man mould. But that’s an after-thought.
Hrishikesh Mukherjee wanted Raj Kapoor to play Anand. When he couldn’t, Hrishida sent for Shashi Kapoor but Rajesh Khanna wormed his way in. And till today Anand is synonymous with the 70s phenomenon.

Shatrughan Singh continues to smart that it was he who was to be Jai in the Jai-Veeru jodi of Sholay but because he was riding a crest of super-success then, he didn’t want to do a twohero film. Amitabh Bachchan got the role instead.
Aamir had been pencilled in for Yash Chopra’s Darr but at that point he ‘accused’ Yash of playing games. And SRK made a permanent place for himself in the YRF camp.
Ajay Devgn was to play Karan in Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun. But he was ousted by politics and next thing you know is that Salman Khan was in. Till today Karan Arjun remains one of the biggest hits of Bollywood and Salman’s career. And it may become film history because he and bete noire are unlikely to star in a movie again.

Saif Ali Khan had qualms about playing a pansy in Dostana so John Abraham was brought in. John got male and female temperatures rising with this fun flick and is now a part of its sequel.

Kareena Kapoor asked for too much money for Kal Ho Na Ho; result — Preity Zinta landed this memorable film. Shah Rukh was meant to be playing Munnabhai but since he walked out after some miscommunication, Sanjay Dutt became Munna. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was in Chalte Chalte till Salman dropped in as an uninvited guest forcing SRK to call Rani Mukerji to replace her… and Rekha and Jaya would never have had their screen face-off in Silsila had Parveen Babi and Smita Patil done their roles.

Unlike real history, reel history is often made by default.
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By UPALA KBR (Mid-Day; December 12, 2009)

Karan Johar was indirectly approached last week by a filmmaker to act as the male lead in a B-grade film. He turned it down. He had earlier refused a cameo in one of Dev Anand’s films.

Not interested
Says a source close to Karan, “He was shocked at being offered the role of a leading man. He was mortified that someone should approach him to actually play ‘hero’ in a B-grade potboiler film! He has no interest in being in front of the camera. The role didn’t come directly from the filmmaker but through one of his friends.”

Karan was so embarrassed that he didn’t even waste a second in turning it down, “He declined saying he was busy for the next couple of years and was quite happy directing films.” Some people feel that if he’d been offered an A-grade project as the quintessential brooding intense passionate hero, made by a top filmmaker,  KJo would’ve given it a thought but it was a ‘No’ for this one.

Although Karan has been offered a few funny roles down the years, this was the first time he was offered the lead part. The khabru adds, “They even told him he could choose the heroine he wanted and they would get her for him — including a Rani, Preity and Priyanka whom he’s very close to.

The film is a full-fledged masala love drama with lots of action and songs and the producer was willing to fly down to foreign locales to shoot the romantic songs. Karan was too embarrassed to take the matter further and just brushed it aside.”

Karan Johar refuses to comment and adds, “Please don’t ask me such things. They are too embarrassing to talk about.”

On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur visited his maternal uncle Dev Anand after eight years; regrets not being in touch with him

By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 09, 2009)


On his 64th birthday on December 6, Shekhar Kapur decided to pay his mother Sheel Kanta Kapur’s brother, Dev Anand, a visit after eight years. Shekhar says, “It was a time of great reflection for me. As I looked back I suddenly realised I hadn’t met this amazing man for almost eight years. I told myself it’s time to learn a little bit about life from Dev Saab. He’s a karmyogi, completely fearless. I admire myself for being completely fearless. But I think he is even more fearless than I am.

Having met Dev Saab after so long, Shekhar now regrets not being in touch with him. Shekhar confesses, “I didn’t even meet him after Goldie (Vijay Anand) Saab’s death, my fault. I was constantly travelling in recent years. I needed to reconnect with this amazing man who has gone through so many ups and downs in his life and yet continues to be tireless in his enthusiasm for filmmaking. Wherever he goes, he’s cheered and applauded. Maybe people don’t like to see his films any more, but the love for the man simply grows wherever he goes.”

Shekhar says he loves challenges just like Dev Saab, “Tell me something can’t be done and I’ll do it. Ever since I was a kid I’d swim into the deep ocean. I’d ride the motorcycle the wrong way to see if death can get me. Don’t turn to me or Dev Saab and say something is impossible. They told me it was impossible for an accountant to be a director. I proved them wrong.”

Shekhar has come away from his meeting with Dev Saab determined to correct the fact that he isn’t a prolific director yet. He tells us about his keen interest in New Media, “I know I haven’t made that many movies. Look at Dev Saab’s output. But the fact is, after directing The Golden Age (the sequel to Elizabeth ) I became keenly interested in New Media. Two guys in a garage got together and conceived You Tube. That made the way we access the world completely different. I started learning and lecturing on New Media because I thought sharing information and not harping on copyrights was the new mantra.”

Shekhar says he will now make films in a row. He informs us,”Why can’t a film be like a symphony? Why are we stuck on telling stories? Nobody looks at a painting and asks what the story is. I want to make films that make suggestions and create an emotional connect with the audience.”

Shekhar Kapur Dev Anand

By Joginder Tuteja, June 19, 2009 – 12:29 IST

Siddharth Anand A couple of days back there was a strong buzz doing the rounds that Siddharth Anand has named his next film as Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai. However, this is far from true as the man at the hot seat, Siddharth, has firmly denied that this to be the title of his Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra starrer.

“This was never the name of the film. I have no clue from where has this rumour originated. In fact I am yet to lock the final title of the film”, says Siddharth who is amused with this piece of news floating around.

A Sajid Nadiadwala production, the film is also special for Siddharth since this is for the first time ever that he would be working with a production house outside Yash Raj Films. He has earlier made Salaam Namaste, Ta Ra Rum Pum and Bachna Ae Haseeno, all being successful in their own right, and has now graduated to making films for the outside banner.

As he begins working on first of these films, he finds himself without a title for this Sajid Nadiadwala production. The enterprising producer is showing trust in new directors, what with giving opportunities to Sajid Khan (Heyy Babyy, Housefull), Shirish Kunder (Jaan-E-Mann) and now Sabbir Khan (Kambakkht Ishq).

Coming back to Siddharth Anand, even though he has branched out of Yash Raj Films (at least for the time being), his stint with Vishal-Shekhar continues. After composing music for each of his three films earlier, the composer duo is working with him again on the Sajid Nadiadwala project.

Vishal Dadlani too was zapped when informed about the title of the film. “What rubbish, I have no clue what you are talking about”, he says in mock anger, “By no means is Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai the title of the film. We would know if that was the case, right? In fact till yesterday we were having a discussion and desperately trying to lock a title. Some people’s imaginations really run hard and the film’s title to be finalised as Aaj Phir Jeene… is yet another such instance.”

Guess this song from Dev Anand-Waheeda Rehman starrer Guide will have to wait for a while before it finally sees a film based on this title!

BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM


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