Did You Know: Not Amitabh Bachchan but THIS legendary actor was the original choice for Baghban

Did you know that Amitabh Bachchan was not the first choice to play the role of Raj Malhotra in Ravi Chopra's film Baghban?
Did You Know: Not Amitabh Bachchan but THIS legendary actor was the original choice for BaghbanDid You Know: Not Amitabh Bachchan but THIS legendary actor was the original choice for Baghban
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In the year 2003, director Ravi Chopra entertained the audience with one of the most heart-touching movies of Indian cinema- Baghban. The movie stars Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan in lead roles and Salman Khan, Aman Verma, Samir Soni, Saahil Chadha, Nasir Khan, Mahima Chaudhry, Paresh Rawal, Rimi Sen and Lilette Dubey in supporting roles. This film was an unofficial adaptation of the highly acclaimed 1937 Hollywood film Make Way for Tomorrow which had been adapted on-screen multiple times. Baghban marked the collaboration of Hema Malini and Mr. Bachchan after a gap of 20 years after the 1983 film Nastik.

Big B's performance in the film won him several accolades. But did you know that Amitabh Bachchan was not the first choice to play the role of Raj Malhotra in the film? Filmmaker BR Chopra had offered the role of the main lead in Baghban to his favourite actor, Dilip Kumar.

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According to Achala Nagar, writer of Baghban and the author of the novel, Dilip Kumar had turned down the offer as he could not decide on his co-actress. Achala said, "When BR Chopra approached Kumar for the role, he had said that neither Nargis nor Meena Kumari was alive and even Raakhee had stopped working in films. He rejected the role because he believed that no contemporary actress was suitable to play the role opposite him."

The author further added, "Dilip Kumar could not think of anyone who would be able to measure up to him, both in terms of seniority and name. So, the film could not go on floors then." Twenty years later, B R Chopra passed on the script to his son, director Ravi and he brought Hema Malini and Amitabh Bachchan on board. The film was a massive hit.

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Baghban was premiered at the Leeds International Film Festival, England. It was critically acclaimed and went on to become one of Chopra's biggest hits. For the uninitiated, Baghban revolves around Raj Malhotra and his wife, Pooja, who sacrifice everything to let their four sons have a happy life. However, when Raj retires, his sons become selfish and treat their parents with disrespect. The movie was called 'the most heart touching movie of Bollywood.'

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Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Dilip Kumar was never a special actor. He was worshipped by a few useless junior colleagues of his. He was over melodramatic, and typically typed. To the extent of comic mimicry. Please don't be unfaithful to yourselves. By rejecting the role for heroine reason he insulted all.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Oh what a beautiful movie, bless the director for writing such a script. Was really heartfelt. I cried bitter like I was experiencing his pain, his separation from his loved one. I also felt the anger twds his son's. The adopted son. Bless his heart for surfacing at the right moment. Thank you Bollywood, your movies are an absolutely pleasure to watch.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Dilip kumar would have not been fitted with the role.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Yes.. Its true that he asked for a competent actress to measure up to his standards but in all probability Vyjayantimala could have fitted the bill...both of them have given the best of the films to the Indian audiences many a time...probably she must have made up her mind not to enter Bollywood again..

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Just cannot imagine Baghban with the star cast as is now. Everyone was excellent in the movie. Amitabh Bachchan and Hema Malini were made for this movie.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

I think Dilip Kumar is much overrated actor. There are quite a few actors better than him in all aspects. Plus despite being in movies for so long his confidence level was still very low.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Dilip Kumar has been very over rated. certainly there are actors much much better than him. Any prevailing actress at that time would easily match the character. May be young in age but certainly better than Dilip Kumar. Take a close look, and see, his only film that looked good was Shakti. Rest of all, were melodramatic and supr boring stuff.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

I agree with you.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Yes

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

"...Dilip Kumar could not think of anyone who would be able to measure up to him, both in terms of seniority and name." Dilip Kumar, bloody bragger, saw him only in Ram aur Shyam, a copy of late MGR's Enga Veetu Pillai in Tamil. Didn't care much for him. Remind him before he passes that a successful entertainment celebrity is totally indebted to his/her audience that can be taken away when the entertainer is not humble.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Dilip kumar was the first super star of Bollywood where in Rajesh Khanna became the 2nd Super Star.Naturally he wants as per his choice not blaming him is right

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Amitabh Bachchan is the right man in the right place all the time be it Zanjeer ,,Shakti or Bhagban.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Or even K3G

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Now it is history as the film was a huge success and had won great accolades for Mr.Bachchan n Ms. Hema Malini.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Nutan was very much there

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Yes u r right nutan was active till then...infact they acted together in Karma in 1986.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Yes u r right nutan was active till then...infact they acted together in Karma in 1986.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Nope . Nutan was not alive then.

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

When DevAnand refused Zanjeer, Amitji had a new start. When DilipKumar refused Baghban, again Amitji proved himself" second time lucky ".Kya kahana!!!

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Why didn't they try Waheeda Rehman...

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Yes,WaheedaRahman would have been a right choice.Both Dilip Kumar and Waheeda Rahman had worked in past also in many hit movies

Anonymous 2 weeks ago

Releases in 2003. Twenty years back in 1983 Raakhee had just started accepting motherly roles.

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