Manoj Kumar cancels screening of Shaheed after producer refuses to attend
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Manoj Kumar cancels screening of Shaheed after producer refuses to attend

Veteran actor Manoj Kumar cancels the Golden Jubilee year screening of his iconic 1965 film Shaheed after the producer Kewal Kashyap refuses to attend the show.

bollywood Updated: Mar 21, 2014 15:13 IST
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Dibyojyoti Baksi
Hindustan Times
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Iconic Bollywood actor

Manoj Kumar

, best known for playing freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in Shaheed (1965) had planned to organise a screening of the cult film on Thursday, March 20, to mark 50 years since the film went on floors. But he was forced to cancel it after the producer of the film, Kewal Kashyap, refused to attend the show.

"He is in Jaipur. I called and messaged him, but we got an arrogant reply that he should have been informed much in advance and that now he can't attend. I can't sit alone and watch the film, and talk to the media about what I did in the film. I don't want to blow my own trumpet. It would have been better if he had attended the screening and spoken about the film. But since he chose not to, we decided to cancel it," says Kumar.

The veteran actor reveals that in the past too, Kashyap had complained that he (Kumar) takes away the credit of the film. Kumar says, "Whenever I have appeared for any media interview, I am always asked about Shaheed, and I mention the producer. But somehow, since no one knows him, his part never appears in the interview."

Ask him about the response he received from the other actors who are part of the film, and he says, "I called Prem Chopra and Kaminiji (Kamini Kaushal). They were very eager to be part of the screening. Apart from them, no one is alive," says Kumar.

First Published: Mar 21, 2014 15:08 IST