A Walk Down Memory Lane: Amitabh Bachchan in 'Reshma Aur Shera' (1972)
March 27, 2013 Nabby H 62138 reads 9 comments
This photo was posted by Mr. Bachchan himself on his Facebook page, reflecting on the memories he holds while shooting for the film 'Reshma Aur Shera' in a tiny village called Pochina near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. This was his second film after 'Saat Hindustani'.
He writes a bit more about his personal experience while filming and allows us to get a glimpse of the friendly atmosphere that prevailed in those sets.
The cast and crew lived in tents and were warned against venturing too close to the border of Pakistan. They shot for months in the desert locations, facing the extreme cold in winter and the and unbearable heat during the summer days.
Amitabh Bachchan writes on Facebook: "Being close to the border with Pakistan, we were asked not to venture out without armed protection, in case we crossed over the LOC. We lived in tents during the entire schedule, which lasted several months. We would travel to Jaipur on a plane, then a private airline Dakota and since there was no airport at Jaisalmer, we drove to get there."
"A 7 year old child from the village had never known what rain was, because it had never rained there for seven years. We all lived 6-7 to a tent. My tent mates were the writer Ali Raza Saheb, Ranjit and Vinod and Thapa Saheb who worked along with Dutt Saheb in the film as a writer. It was the second film of mine after my first Saat Hindustani, and the greatest joy was to be alongside Waheeda ji my favourite. Scorpions, invisible in colour and sand snakes abounded. Many scorpions were discovered almost every day in each of our beds under our mattresses and our old world 'hold alls'. The camp was surrounded by sand dunes which changed positions almost each day, but at night the stars were so close we could almost reach out and catch them, as we often would sit on top of some of the dunes in the pleasant evenings .."
'Reshma Aur Shera' is now a classic, which also received critical acclaim at the time of release. The movie also witnessed a 13 year old Sanjay Dutt for the first time to grace the silver screen, playing the role of a qawaali singer.