25 Years of Baazigar: Director Mustan talks about Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and how the film happened

As Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Shilpa Shetty starrer Baazigar completed 25 years, director Mustan got candid about what went behind making the film and the lead actors.
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In 1993, Shah Rukh Khan left everyone terrified again with his negative performance in Abbas-Mustan's Baazigar. The film also stars Kajol and Shilpa Shetty in the lead roles. SRK's quench to avenge the death of his father and sufferings of his mother made him do terrible things to people who destroyed his family. Baazigar was a complete package of drama, crime, thriller, romance and some bits of comedy. The music of the film was also as good as the riveting story.

While talking to PTI, director Mustan got candid about making the film and about the lead stars SRK and Kajol. "People still like the film and it is a big compliment to the entire team. The important thing is the maker should be convinced with his own vision as that will reflect on screen. We had a hero playing a negative role. Though it led to the hit pairing of Shah Rukh and Kajol, it was not a romantic film. But it all worked well," said the director.

When asked how Baazigar's story is compared to 1991 Hollywood film A Kiss Before Dying, the director cleared, "Our film is completely different from this Hollywood movie. Only one shot where a man throws a girl off the terrace, we just had that scene where Shah Rukh's character throws Shilpa off the terrace to her death. That film has no track of mother-son. It is there in our film."

Talking about Shah Rukh Khan's performance, he said, "He used to shoot one scene in four-five different ways. He has a huge range as an actor. We told him that he should keep the photograph in his pocket. Shah Rukh instead thought of tearing the photo and putting it in his mouth. There were things which he did spontaneously."

Initially, the makers were planning to take Juhi Chawla to play Kajol's character. However, they wanted a fresh pairing. Why they thought Kajol would be apt? Mustan reveals, "When we went to Kajol, she was so lively and jovial, we felt she might not be able to understand the script and her role. She showed her maturity during the shoot and remained focused. Shilpa too worked very hard."

Well, we can't believe the film was released 25 years ago and that makes us feel old! Do you like this SRK-Kajol-Shilpa starrer? Let us know in the comments section below.

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