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!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The movie has stirred a phenomenon for Indian film industry. Did you know it actually honored real Indian talents and their inventions? It featured pedal operated washing machine, created by Remya Jose, bicyle powered horse clipper was invented by Mohammad Idris while Jahangir Painter, invented scooter -powered flour mill. Not only this, the film was adapted in Tamil as Nanban and was released in 2012 and was dubbed in Telegu as Snehitudu. This year in 2017, its Mexican remake-3 idiotas will release. Chinese producer, Stephen Chow has confirmed his plan to remake this film and a Hollywood remake of this film is also on cards.