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How Jayaji got her role in Guddi?

After watching Jaya's FTII movies, Hrishida offered her the role in Guddi

india Updated: Aug 28, 2006 17:49 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The 1979 laugh riot `


was the beginning of the success of the Hrishikesh Mukherjee-Amol Palekar team that continued the trend in movies like "

Naram Garam

" (1981), "

Rang Birangi

" (1983) and "


" (1986).

Rahul Dev Burman's music score in the movies was scintillating and the track `Aanewala pal jaanewala hai,' is remembered even today. Burman sung the title track accompanied by his assistant Sapan Chakroborty.

In the 1971 film 'Guddi', Jaya Bhaduri's first film, Amitabh Bachchan was originally set to play the hero but Mukherjee wanted a totally new face to play the role.

After Amitabh became famous in Mukherjee's 'Anand', the director decided against casting him any further. Jaya was then studying at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune, when he saw her diploma films.

Impressed, Mukherjee called her to the principal's office and offered her the title role. Jaya had done a role in Satyajit Ray's 'Mahanagar.'

On Jaya's first day of shooting with Dharmendra, he came up to her and asked, "You are the heroine of the film? Tumhari umar kya hai (How old are you?)".

"Hrishida was the greatest film director with whom I had the honour to work", Dharmendra, now a Lok Sabha member, said.

"I have worked with likes of Bimal Roy but Mukherjee was the greatest of them all", he said.

First Published: Aug 28, 2006 17:49 IST