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Rishi Kapoor refused to star alongside Amitabh Bachchan, demanded his substitute: Tinnu Anand

Rishi Kapoor refused to star alongside Amitabh Bachchan, demanded his substitute: Tinnu Anand
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Rishi Kapoor refused to star alongside Amitabh Bachchan, demanded his substitute: Tinnu Anand

Actor-filmmaker Tinnu Anand who made his directorial debut with 1979 actioner Duniya Meri Jeb Mein revealed the struggles he went by means of for the movie after getting two megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor on board. He shared that Rishi refused to work with Amitabh a day after saying sure to the movie. “My brother Bittu was a producer and we were not financially secure to make a film like Duniya Meri Jeb Mein. So, we had to listen to the whims and fancies of the actors. Like when I told Rishi Kapoor that I was going to narrate the story to Amitabh Bachchan, he was very happy. That night he went to a party of the film Zinda Dil and when his cameraman-director Sudarshan Nag asked him what was he feeling so happy about, he told him that the next day he and Amitabh would sign on the dotted line to act in Tinnu’s film,” the director advised ETimes.

Tinnu added that it was Nag’s remark that modified Rishi’s thoughts and he advised the makers he would do the movie provided that Bachchan was changed.

“Nag requested him if it was a few trapeze act and when Rishi confirmed it was, they advised him it might be silly to do the movie if Amitabh was going to be part of it. The subsequent morning my brother acquired a name from him — they had been very shut and Rishi had executed two movies with us with out charging a single penny — and Rishi advised Bittu that he would do the movie on just one situation,” he added.

“He wanted us to cast someone else as Rishi was convinced that Amitabh had a better role than him and since he played a handicapped character, he would gain sympathy. We were in a quandary.”

He additional revealed that Rishi additionally instructed his celebrity uncle Shashi Kapoor because the substitute. “Rishi suggested we take Shashi Kapoor, his uncle. But we didn’t know back then that Shashi will only give two hours in a day for the film. Apparently, he was called ‘taxi’ and that label was given to him by Raj Kapoor. (Shashi Kapoor had a frenetic lifestyle and he would move around so much that he’d perpetually spend most of his day in a car, hence the name taxi.)”

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Duniya Meri Jeb Mein starred Rishi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor and Neetu Kapoor. Although Rishi and Amitabh had been opponents bt they featured in lots of movies collectively together with  Amar Akbar Anthony, Naseeb, Kabhi Kabhie and Coolie. They final paired up in Umesh Shukla’s 102 Not Out in 2018 after a niche of 27 years.



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