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27 years of Ghayal: Sunny Deol film succeeded despite clash with Aamir-Madhuri’s Dil

As Ghayal, the Sunny Deol-Meenakshi Seshadri starrer, completes 27 years since release, here’s a big dose of film trivia.

bollywood Updated: Jun 22, 2017 11:33 IST
Shreya Mukherjee
Shreya Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Ghayal,Sunny Deol,Aamir Khan
Sunny Deol was praised for his performance in the film.

Sunny Deol as Ajay Mehra in Ghayal is a character that is still etched in our memory. The film gave impetus to Sunny’s angry young man image. Today is the day when 27 years back this Rajkumar Santoshi film released and looking back, the 163-minute-long motion picture impressed audiences when it hit theatres on June 22, 1990.

Meenakshi Seshadri played Sunny Deol’s love interest in the film.

Sunny won a National Film Award-special Jury Award for the film that was produced by his father Dharmendra. Even Dharmendra won a National Award in the Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment category.

Ghayal highlighted how boxer Ajay Mehra fights for justice for himself and his family. And his love interest Varsha Bharti, played by Meenakshi Seshadri, was seen to be his side throughout. It’s also hard to forget villainous Balwant Rai, essayed by Amrish Puri, who won praise for his performance. Along with them, the film also had the powerful cast of Raj Babbar, Moushmi Chatterjee, Om Puri and Kulbhushan Kharbanda.

Sunny was seen as an angry young man in the film.

Here are few interesting things you might not know about the film:

Sunny instantly liked the story when he heard the narration. Ghayal took two and a half years to finish, and be ready for release. As per reports, though Sunny liked the film it wasn’t considered a safe option among those close to the Deol clan.

Though Ghayal was a hit, the film didn’t have an easy beginning. Santoshi, who had earlier assisted Govind Nihalani, wrote the story with Kamal Haasan in mind, and he to struggle a lot to find a producer till Sunny came on board and Dharmendra decided to produce it under his banner Vijayta Films.

Mithun Chakraborthy, at one point, also decided to do the film, but since Santoshi couldn’t find a producer, Mithun had to back out.

Reportedly, producer A Subha Rao was ready to produce the film, but only if it was made with Sanjay Dutt playing the lead. But Sanjay didn’t have the dates.

Sunny wanted to rope in actor Dimple Kapadia for Ghayal, but Dharmendra wasn’t keen and cast Meenakshi instead.

Ghayal clashed with Indra Kumar’s romantic drama, Dil, starring Aamir Khan and Madhuri Dixit, but it went on to enjoy a successful run at the box office.

It was reported that Sunny had a fallout with three of the biggest directors he had collaborated with in his career. And Santoshi is one of them. The list also includes JP Dutta and Suneel Darshan.

26 years later, Sunny made a sequel to the film, titled Ghayal Once Again, where he reprised his role. The film also starred Soha Ali Khan and Om Puri. The film released on Februray 5, 2016.

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First Published: Jun 22, 2017 11:32 IST