You must have heard many stories of controversies and enmity between rising Amitabh Bachchan and descending Rajesh Khanna in the 70s. The question has often been raised on these stories that was there really so much enmity between Amitabh and Kaka or was it only spread by the media? But on this question the old people have been saying only this, ‘Where there is fire, smoke also rises there…’
Perhaps this is the reason why in the midst of Rajesh Khanna’s stardom fading away in Amitabh’s storm, everyone saw Kaka’s hesitation. There is an anecdote during this time, when Rajesh Khanna made a very awkward comment on Amitabh Bachchan’s superhit film ‘Lawaris’.
Amitabh gave another hit film in 1981 with ‘Laawaris’. It was being discussed all around. In this film, Amitabh Bachchan was seen dancing to the song ‘Mere Angne Mein Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai…’. While this song was hitting everyone’s lips and everyone was praising Amitabh’s ‘Angry Young Man’ avatar as well as his comic timing, Rajesh Khanna’s comment was bittersweet.
Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna with director Hrishikesh Mukherjee. (@bollywooddirect/Instagram)
Mentioning an anecdote in the biography of Rajesh Khanna written by senior journalist and writer Yasir Usman, he wrote that taking a jibe at this song, Rajesh Khanna had said, ‘I compromise my self-respect and wear a saree at any time in ‘Mere Angne Mein…’ ‘ does not sing. Even if I have to face the whole world for this. No matter how much money is offered. Kaka may have pointed in any direction, but the success of this film gave him a lot of answers.
The song ‘Mere Angne Mein…’ from Amitabh Bachchan’s film ‘Laawaris’ was a super hit. (Youtube grab)
However, what was the reaction of Big B on this comment of Rajesh Khanna, it did not come to the fore. Actually Amitabh Bachchan always considered Rajesh Khanna as an idol. According to Virendra Kapoor’s book ‘Excellence – The Amitabh Bachchan Way’, Kaka was always the only superstar for Amitabh. Amitabh Bachchan was always stunned by the fact that Rajesh Khanna had acted in 153 films till 1991 and in 101 of these he was the only hero. Along with this, Rajesh Khanna has also worked in 21 multi-starrer films.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 19, 2023, 16:07 IST