Actor MP Jaya Bachchan is known for never speaking and telling the truth. She seems to have always had that quality. Back when she was a famous actress, when she befriended Amitabh Bachchan, who was still trying to break into the film industry, she berated then top star Rajesh Khanna Insult Big B.
Rajesh Khanna and Jaya Bachchan, then Bhaduri, collaborated on Bawarchi (1972). Amitabha often goes to the studio to chat with friends. Khanna doesn’t seem to like this and advises Jaya to stay away from him. He apparently implied that Amitabha had no future in the industry. An angry Jaya countered that the man he was talking to would one day run the film industry.
Coincidentally, it was Deewar (1975) who established Amitabh in the industry, and the film was supposed to be directed by Rajesh Khanna. The film is directed by Yash Chopra and written by Salim-Javed.
In a previous interview, Rajesh Khanna revealed: “Salim-Javed and I had disagreements. They refused to give Yash Chopra the script because they only wanted (Amitabh) Bachchan. While Yashji wanted me for Deewar, he had no choice. .And I think in general, he must have felt that maybe Amitabh would fit the bill better. Then I only saw two volumes of Deevar, and honestly, I say wah kya baat hai. Whether I work with him in Anand or Namak Haram, The talent is always there – I mean handi mein se agar chawal ka ek daana nikalo to pata lag jaata hai ki kya hai (if you take a grain of rice out of the pot you know the quality of it) – but Talent needs the right rest. After Deewar, I’ve always envied him. The only problem is that I smile every time he slips because he makes the mistakes I used to make.”
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