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Directors recall their Prakash Mehra moments

Directors Vipul Shah, Madhur Bhandarkar, Vikram Bhatt and Sriram Raghavan recall their finest moments from the late Prakash Mehra’s movies.

entertainment Updated: May 19, 2009 17:53 IST

Directors recall their finest moments from the late Prakash Mehra’s movies

Vipul Shah

There can’t be one moment to remember because that will be unfair to the millions that hiss films had produced.

If I had to choose one moment from his movies that has lived with me from my childhood to this day, it would have to be an encounter between Ajit saab and Bachchan saab (Amitabh) in Zanjeer. With that scene, the angry young man was born. Since it was between two stalwarts.. the scene, though looks simple, became extraordinary. That scene made the highest impact for me because till that moment arrived in Indian cinema, the hero had a completely different image.

Madhur Bhandarkar
I’ve been a great fan of Prakash Mehra.. and have avidly watched all of his movies more than once. Samathi, Haseena Maan Jaayegi, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, for example, are some of his most memorable films.

His versatility as a filmmaker is evident from the varied subjects he made movies on. While Muqaddar ka Sikandar was dramatic and serious, Namak Halaal was full of comedy and laughter, Laawaris saw a different perspective of human relationships.

And who can forget Zanjeer? For me, it was an eye-opener of sorts, and Sharabi was simply brilliant. All the scenes between Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar are memorable.

The scenes between Sriram Lagoo and Amitji in Laawaris were very well-crafted and the character of Vinod Khanna in Haath ki Safai was both, very well written and handled.

If there’s one scene from a Prakash Mehra film that I would like to feature in my film, it has to be Amitji’s ‘I can talk English, I can walk English..’ from Namak Halaal. It’s just too good.. absolutely fantastic.

Vikram Bhatt
My favourite cinematic moment from Prakash Mehra’s film is that of Rekha’s death in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar. It left me spellbound.

Sriram Raghavan
I’ve grown up on Prakash Mehra’s films. I’ve seen all of them over a dozen times on the big screen. My favourites are Zanjeer, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar and Namak Halaal. They all feature Amitabh Bachchan in roles that are poles apart.

The title sequence of Zanjeer, with the masked man on a horse riding through the fog, gave me a huge high as a kid. I love the feel of the song Yaari hai imaan mera with Pran.

I also love Amitji’s entry in Muqaddar Ka Sikandar on a mobike, singing the title song. For me, it’s the best adaptation of Devdas. And Namak Halaal.. I can watch anytime just for the songs and sheer fun of it.