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When Hrishikesh Mukherjee said other directors reduced Amitabh Bachchan to a ‘stuntman’:



With movies like Anand, Namak Haram, Chupke Chupke, Anupama, Satyakam, Gol Maal, amongst many others, filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee left an unmistakable impact withinside the Hindi movie industry. Mukherjee changed into one of the few administrators who labored with all of the display screen icons of the era – Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Sharmila Tagore, Dharmendra, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan amongst many others. But it changed into his affiliation with Big B that introduced range to Amitabh Bachchan’s filmography and took him past his personality as the ‘irritated younger man’. In the 1970s, whilst Bachchan changed into acting in movies like Zanjeer, Deewar, Sholay, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, he changed into additionally doing movies like Abhimaan, Chupke Chupke, Anand and Namak Haram that introduced versatility to his filmography. In a 1998 interview to Filmfare, Mukherjee shared that different administrators of the era “decreased him (Bachchan) to a stunt man.” He stated, “Other administrators attempted to make the most his image. They decreased him to a stunt man. Some humans stated I made a blunder via way of means of making sing classical songs in Alaap while he changed into busy maintaining weapons and booze bottles in different movies. Unfortunately, Alaap didn’t do well. It changed into launched in the course of the Emergency once I changed into very depressed. I concept it changed into the cease of my life.” hrishikesh mukherjee amitabh bachchan Advertisement Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Amitabh Bachchan and Prakash Mehra in a unprecedented picturegraph. (Photo: Express Archives) After Amitabh and Hrishikesh collaborated on Anand, in which Amitabh performed Dr Bhaskar Banerjee, the director desired to rope the actor in for his subsequent movie Guddi. Based at the internal workings of the movie industry, Guddi focused round Jaya Bachchan’s titular character. Mukherjee desired to solid Bachchan withinside the position of the movie famous person who breaks the phantasm of the arena of glamour however needed to drop Amitabh from the position after some days of shoot. The position in the end went to Dharmendra. Also Read |Dharmendra and spouse Prakash Kaur’s picturegraph with Mumtaz is going viral, actor says ‘unhappy whilst you lose vintage friends’ Mukherjee shared withinside the 1998 interview, “After taking pictures for five-six days, his secretary rang up and stated he had no extra dates. Anand have been launched, he’d come to be a celebrity overnight. So I stated, neglect about approximately Guddi. I rang up Amitabh in Madras and instructed him, you’re out of Guddi however you’ll be in my subsequent movie.” chupke chupke Advertisement Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan and Sharmila Tagore in a nonetheless from Chupke Chupke. (Photo: Express Archives) This incident did now no longer bitter their dating however, in fact, introduced them closer. A few years ago, Amitabh Bachchan had shared on his weblog that once he and Jaya determined to get married, Hrishikesh Mukherjee changed into the primary individual after their mother and father who found out of the news. “When Jaya and I determined to get married, he changed into the primary individual after our mother and father, whom we met to tell of our decision. Him and Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, my first movie director,” he wrote. Mukherjee additionally recollected this incident withinside the interview and shared that once Amitabh instructed him approximately his plans of marrying Jaya, he known as up Jaya. “Amitabh got here and stated he desired to marry Jaya. I instructed Jaya, ‘I’m now no longer coming to the wedding out of your side, I’ll be there from my son’s side’.” Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s final movie as a director launched in 1998. Starring Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla, the movie changed into Jhooth Bole Kauwa Kaate


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