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Things we bet you didn’t knew about these Bollywood Classics

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Bollywood is all larger than life depiction of fun, drama, emotions, gossip and paparazzi on and off-screen. I am sure you must have seen all these cult Bollywood movies why else would you be reading this otherwise. May be you think you know a lot about it, but we bet didn’t knew these things about these Bollywood Classics. Its just going to blow your mind!

1. Mugahl E Azam: 
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Did you know it took 14 years for Mughal-e-azam to release on Aug 5, 1960 from the time it began shooting in 1946? This was because in 1946, the lead star cast for the roles of Akbar, Anarkali, and Salim were Chandan Mohan, Nargis and D.K Sapru, respectively, but the project got delayed due to the partition woes. On top of that, lead actor, Chandra Mohan succumbed to heart attack and their financer moved to Pakistan.
However, the plight did no impact the quality of the film, infact, it got bigger and better. Everything about this movie was larger than life, including its release in 1,100 capacity Maratha Mandir Cinema, which was considered massive at that time. It was decked up like a Mughal Palace with a 12 m cut-out of the star-Prithviraj Kapoor. The magnificent sheesh mahal (mirror house) was erected in the cinema hall, where the viewers could actually experience the extravagance. Even the invitation for the premiers wasdecked up as a Akbarnama, scrolls written in perfect Urdu. No wonder, the movie witnessed a 3 year long run screening in full capacity.

2. Chalti ka naam gadi :
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This movie has the most epic story. Kishore Kumar wanted his way out from paying huge income tax, so he thought of making a film that would flop massively and he can report losses and will escape from paying income tax. To his horror, the film turned out to be a massive success. He didn’t want to show profits to his name, so he passed on the legal rights along with copyrights of the movie to his secretary, Anoop Sharma. The income tax case remained unsolved for 40 years. However, they thought to replicate the success of the film with another movie called Badhti ka Naam Dadhi, which obviously bombed on theaters.

3. Naya Daur:
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While most of us have seen the remarkable drama that unfolds on celluloid, lot of us might not be aware of the interesting turn of events that happened off-screen. Madhubala was initially signed as the lead actress opposite Dilip Kumar. She signed the film and received the signing amount. They began shooting for the film, after 15 days, the next shoot was planned at Bhopal and B.R Chopra wanted the cast to travel to the location. However, Madhubala’s father -Ataullah Khan raised serious objection and considered it a well laid out plan by the cast and crew to provide Dilip, an opportunity to romance her daughter (both of them were dating at that time). Madhubala, stood by her Father’s decision and was reluctant to complete the shooting of the film. B.R Chopra sued her for this and the case was highly publicized since Dilip Kumar also testified against her. They won the case and Madhubala and her father received flak from viewers all over. Meanwhile, the film was released and was declared a hit. Chopra, later withdrew the case to save Madhubala from further humiliation and a possible prison sentence.
4. Paakezaah:
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The changing equation betweeen the lead actress, Meena Kumari and the Director Kamal Amrohi dragged the shooting for 14 years before it could hit the cinema halls. When the movie was conceived, Meena Kumari and Kamal Amrohi were married, but soon they parted their ways for numerous reasons and movie was left unfinished. Years passed by, and one fine day Nargis and Sunil Dutt watched the footage of the film, they loved it so much that they went and convinced Meena Kumari to complete the film. She stepped in and the shooting resumed. Major portions of the film were shot in Amrohi Studios in Mumbai due to Meena Kumari’s deteriorating health conditions. Of course, the eyes of the camera captured the difference in her appearance and you can easily spot the sequences shot in 60’s vis-a-vis the ones during her illness. She performed all the dance sequence herself except the last one, which was done by her body-double (Padma Khanna). Finally, the film was released but was instantly written-off by the viewers. Weeks later, Meena Kumari succumbed to her illness but due to her death, the movie started picking up business and in no time was declared a hit. 
 
5. Mother India: 
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Have you seen the movie Aurat which was released in the year 1940? In case you did, you know what I am talking about. Well, Mother India is a remake of this film. The director of the film, Mehboob Khan wanted to cast Sabu Dastagir, who was a Hollywood star with Indian roots. Everything was set and planned, he used to travel to India and used to stay in Mumbai to do the shoots. It went on for a while but then due to issues with work permit, he was dismissed from the project. Meanwhile, Khan was thinking about the replacement when he recalled Dilip Kumar has expressed his interest in doing this film, he said he can play the part of Birju or even Shamu so he thought of reaching out to him. However, Nargis was uncomfortable with the idea as they have done several romantic films together. She thought the audience will never accept them as mother and son. Khan agreed to her thoughts and finally Sunil Dutt, who was just one film old in the industry, landed with this role.
6. Sholay:
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If I tell you that your favorite film- Sholay actually had a different ending, how would you feel? Can you accept it in any other way? Prepare to get surprised, director’s original version of Sholay had a different climax scene. It was like Thakur kills Gabbar in some full-on violent scenes. But it did not go well with our censor board, who asked deletion of those scenes along with some other violent scenes like: Gabbar’s death scene, scene where Imam’s son is being killed, and the massacre of entire Thakur clan. SO, as per the direction Sippy had to reshoot the climax. For 15 years, people watched this censored version but the original uncut version was released in 1990. So, you can now grab a DVD of the original version and check it out yourselves.
7. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun:
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It is considered to be the one of the biggest grosser in India and with a movie and star cast like that, you would think who would not have guessed it? But the reviewers of those days considered it a flop because it had 14 songs. Infact, initial viewers also found the length of the movie plus these 14 songs way too much. So, the directors decided to remove 2 songs from the film. But, soon after, the business started picking up and people apparently started liking all the songs, so the director restored those 2 songs too. They earned due to repeated business and its said M.F. Husain claims to have seen this film over 60 times.
8. Dilwale dulhania le jayenge:
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The story is not going to go down well with all the fans of DDLJ. But thank God DDLJ was not like it was planned to be. Aditya Chopra, initially wanted to direct a romantic story between a desi and firangi. Where Tom Cruise would have played Raj but Yash Chopra was completely put-off by the idea of foreigner in the desi film. Yes, we all love Tom Cruise but come on, he cannot be the Raj for us. So, finally, they decided their characters will be NRI’s and Aditya wanted to cast Shahrukh for the lead role. However, Shahrukh Khan at that time was not very convinced with the idea of playing a romantic character. He thought himself to be more suited for negative or intense character. So, he passed the idea of this movie. Aditya then approached Saif Ali Khan to play the part. But he too declined the offer, so he went back to Shahrukh Khan and said, if you want to be a superstar, ‘you will have to be loved by masses, every woman should see their dream man in you and every mother must long to have a son like you.’ Shahrukh was convinced with his ideas, but still needed a little nudge. So, he contacted Salmaan, and he said, you should accept the role, the film will be very successful. Till today, Shahrukh Khan never forgets to mention his gratitude for Aditya. When he read the scripts, he related to it instantly since he did something similar for Gauri in his personal life. No wonder, it turned out to be so spectacular.
9. 3 Idiots:

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