Smita-Parveen, the original choice for Silsila: Yash Chopra

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  • Updated: Sep 30, 2012 01:17 IST
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    Shah Rukh Khan kisses his favourite director Yash Raj Chopra on his 81st birthday at Jab Tak Hai Jaan promotional event in Mumbai.

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    Yash Raj Chopra celebrates his birthday with Shah Rukh Khan at a film promotion in Mumbai on September 27, 2012.

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    "I always tell everyone that if you do one film in your life, it should be a Yash Chopra film," Shah Rukh Khan said.

Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra has revealed that he had earlier chosen to cast actors Smita Patil and Parveen Babi alongside Amitabh Bachchan, instead of Jaya Bachchan and Rekha for his 1981 hit film Silsila.

On the occasion of his 80th birthday on Thursday (September 27), Chopra — while talking to actor Shah Rukh Khan — disclosed that both Smita and Parveen had signed the film.

“I had signed both Smita Patil and Parveen Babi and both of them were to start shooting. Smita was to do the role played by Jaya Bachchan and Parveen that of Rekha. I went to meet Amitji and spoke to him about the film,” Chopra said.

“It was Amitji who asked me if I was happy... content with the casting (Smita, Parveen and Amitabh) and do I feel it is the ideal casting. I told him I wanted to cast him, Jayaji and Rekha. He took a long pause and told me that he was fine with the decision but asked me to convince the two actresses,” added Chopra.

Later, the filmmaker met Jaya and Rekha and both of them agreed to do the film. “I had told both (Jaya and Rekha) of them that koi gadbadi na ho (hope there will be no disturbance on the sets),” chuckled Chopra, who seemed to be referring to the real-life tension between the two female actors, courtesy their love for Big B.

Chopra revealed that while Parveen was fine with being dropped from the film, Smita was hurt, mainly because the filmmaker had asked his actor friend Shashi Kapoor to pass the bad news to Smita.

Eventually, apart from starring Amitabh, Jaya and Rekha, the romantic hit also featured actors Sanjeev Kumar and Kulbhushan Kharbanda, with Shashi Kapoor in a special appearance.  

 

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