Bollywood Filmmaker Yash Chopra started his separate banner in 1970 after breaking away from BR Films, which is completing 50 years this year, he took some of his trusty with him to Yash Raj Films. Today’s we talk about the film is ‘Silsila’. This is the last film in connection with the friendship of a director and a cinematographer, starting with the film ‘Ittefaq’. In Yash Chopra’s cinema, natural views were seen even after this, but cinematographers like KG who took their lives off the screen were few.
If the matter is about friendship, then the engaged hands also understand the other aspect of this feeling and then move forward. Those who are fond of Hindi cinema know that Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan have been in very friendly films. After making ‘Ittefaq’ and ‘Daag’ with Rajesh Khanna, Yash Chopra made ‘Joshila’ with Dev Anand. And, after that the film ‘Deewaar’ he made, gave Amitabh Bachchan a golden work on the score of Angry Youngman found in the film ‘Zanjeer’. This series started from the year 1975 and broke through ‘Kabhi Kabhi’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Kala Patthar’ and ‘Silsila’. The names of Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan were subsequently screened together in the film ‘Mohabbatein’, which was produced by Yash Chopra. And, in the movie ‘Veer Zaara’, where Yash Chopra marginalized him in front of Shahrukh Khan. So what happened during the making of ‘Silsila’, that Yash Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan fell apart and despite this both were partners in the film.
The stories of Amitabh Bachchan and Yash Chopra’s love are many, but the first story of the feud of the two starts when Yash Chopra starts shooting for the film ‘Silsila’, both actresses Smita Patil and Parveen Babi from Srinagar. Had to be sent back later. On her last birthday, Yash Chopra narrated in front of many people in Mumbai how Smita had replaced Jaya Bachchan and Parveen Babi in this film. Parveen Babi did not even care for this because she had a habit of breaking heart. Smita Patil has been angry with both Amitabh Bachchan and Yash Chopra for a long time about why both of them did not do this thing to themselves. It is said that Yash Chopra took the help of Shashi Kapoor to take this decision to Smita Patil. Yash Chopra blamed Amitabh Bachchan’s head in casting.
You will remember the story of the film ‘Silsila’. This is the only film in which Shashi Kapoor has played the elder brother of Amitabh Bachchan, otherwise, despite being older, Shashi Kapoor continued to be his younger brother in films. So the film has two brothers, both of whom have become stalwarts in their respective fields. One’s name has grown on the land of literature. The other has written his name in the sky. Both marriages are near and then an accident happens …! The younger brother forgets his girlfriend and marries the elder brother’s choice. Both of their families leave and then one day their younger life returns to his girlfriend. The two meet again. Then hearts blossom. Nights are buzzing Morning is fantastic. But till when? If love is complete then how is love? In the social scene at which this love story comes through all the dark and narrow tunnels coming out, what would its writer Sagar Sarhadi do in the year 1981 if he did something different?
Hearing this, all the exploits took place during the making of the film. Amitabh Bachchan, Rekha and Jaya Bachchan being together was enough to raise the temperature. Yash Chopra would have been reading Mana Hanuman Chalisa and Rekha would have spoken in the ear of the film’s cinematographer KG, ‘First take will be final take, I speak. If you get shot, it is okay, if you do not get I will go straight as soon as I get cut. ‘ But KG could never speak to Yash Chopra nor Amitabh Bachchan. Amitabh felt that Jaya must have done something when Rekha’s mood was uprooted and Jaya had no other way except to raise her eye number with a tear. The tension that Yash Chopra went through during the making of ‘Silsila’ continued till the day of its release and beyond.
After casting the film was changed at the last moment, the film was shot like it was, but its dubbing was also very bad. Amitabh Bachchan often started disappearing from dubbing, so Yash Chopra left his detective that brother, find out what the affair is. It was learned that Amitabh Bachchan somehow wanted to complete another film ‘Yaarana’ as soon as possible. His patchup shoot came out of 30 days. And, after this, he also started focusing on dubbing of ‘Yaarana’. Yash Chopra was very hurt by this and he also told Amitabh Bachchan that if he told the same thing to him then there would be no harm. And, during the dubbing of Pange Rekha there was also plenty. Whenever she reached dubbing, Jaya used to insist on showing scenes of Bachchan first. She did not talk about any reshuffle in it, but all the reactions and comments that she had during this time, she used to keep sneaking outside the dubbing studio.
The year 1981 was another successful year in Amitabh Bachchan’s career. This year, his films ‘Naseeb’, ‘Yaarana’, ‘Kalia’ and ‘Lawaaris’ earned blockbusters at the box office. The film ‘Barsaat Ki Ek Raat’ was also doing well, but ‘Silsila’ did not work. There is a long list of films in Hindi cinema which were completely rejected by the generation at the time of their release, but their subsequent generation took those films to their eyes. One of the reasons why ‘Silsila’ was a flop was that Jaya Bachchan was initially shown as Amitabh Bachchan’s sister-in-law in the film. And, later, those who were so passionately allowed to finally meet. The feeling that Amitabh and Rekha spent in front of the camera in this film is nothing short of the real feeling, when people did not like it, Amitabh Bachchan never worked on screen with Rekha again. It is worth noting here that for the first time in a film, both of them acted in ‘two unintentional’ and after the film both of them started becoming two unknowingly.
The music of the film was definitely a hit music of its era. Amitabh Bachchan would have gone a lot in its music seating too. Their involvement in the music of a film is rarely seen. Javed Akhtar has written two songs in the film. The first is, ‘yeh Kahaan AAgye Hum’ and the second is ‘Neela Asaama ..’. The song ‘Neela Asaama ..’ is in the film twice, once by Amitabh Bachchan and second by Lata Mangeshkar. While the first song is Duet. Despite the duet, this song was recorded by Amitabh Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar at different times, in contrast to the traditions of the time. However, both of them expressed regret over the fact that it would have been better if both of them had sung together. But, the two did not sound alike in the days of recording. The story of ‘Neela Asam Khona Gaya’ is that when the film ‘Jamir’ was being shot, Shammi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan played this tune together. Later it was used by Amitabh Bachchan in the film ‘Silsila’ only with the permission of Shammi Kapoor.
The film ‘Silsila’ was composed by Shiv Kumar Sharma and Hari Prasad Chaurasia. Both have been expert artists of their own fun. Both have played instruments in countless songs of Hindi cinema, but Yash Chopra recognized his ability and the chance to become a musician in his film ‘Silsila’. Amitabh Bachchan being so attached to the music of the film, Yash Chopra also got a lot of work. The elder Bachchan also brought a song of his Babuji i.e. Harivansh Rai Bachchan into the film. This song was filmed on Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha himself, and in Hindi cinema, all the songs of Holi have become even more hits, and the fun of real life lovers Dharmendra and Hema Malini in the Holi song of the film ‘Sholay’ also caught the camera a lot But there is no other match of ‘Rang Bars Bhege Chunar Wali Rang Bars …’. The fun of this song is in the thousands and not in crores, and if the same color was maintained till the end of the film, then nothing could stop this film from becoming a superhit. But then society came. Correction has arrived. The plane crashed and the time came for the film to crash as well. Well, these things are spent, songs written by Rajendra Krishna, Nida Fazli and Hassan Kamal were also recorded for the film. For the time being, just enjoy the fun of this fun filled song ..
Such a chemistry of a hero heroine has rarely been seen on film screen. The pairing of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha is considered to be the most romantic couple in Hindi cinema. But, there was a genuine love between the two, not to know whether the journalists, who had a close relationship with Rekha and Rekha, gave their opinion very clearly when asked questions about it. She admits that she loved Amitabh Bachchan. At the same time, she also says that after coming in contact with Amitabh, who will not be able to love them. Rekha took her side even though Amitabh never said anything about it, saying that she does not even need to tell everyone about it. There was so much tension about the film in those days that this film did not get a single Filmfare Award. Yash Chopra was then in the limelight and says that he did not allow his film to be nominated in the main acting categories of these awards. In today’s biscope, that’s it, tomorrow we’ll talk about another Oldie Goldie. The series continues.