Amitabh Bachchan and filmmaker Prakash Mehra churned out several hits together- ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Hera Pheri’, Khoon Pasina’, ‘Laawaris’, ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikandar’, ‘Sharabi’; ‘Jaadugar’ being their only flop. Today on Amitabh Bachchan’s 80th birthday, let’s take a look at his relations with Mehra- as told to us, in Mehra’s son Puneet’s words.

“My father would describe it as destiny; he would say that talent met talent and magic was created. If anybody would tell him that he was Amitabh Bachchan’s Godfather; he would get annoyed and say ‘
main kaun hota hoon?‘ He said: ‘Amitabh Bachchan has his talent and I have my talent and the rest is destiny’,” he begins when we ask him about Amitabh Bachchan. See the video interview below:

And then one day, it all ended. Prakash Mehra and Amitabh Bachchan did not work with each other after ‘Jaadugar’. Why? Puneet reasoned, “Let me tell you the version I heard from my father. I won’t go by the popular version of gossip mills. Like destiny brought them together, it ended their collaboration as well. My father had said that if he ever makes a film with Amitabh Bachchan that does not do well, he won’t make a film with him ever again. ‘Jaadugar’ released on the same day as Manmohan Desai’s ‘Toofan’ and both didn’t do well. A certain distance had set in. But my Dad was very complex with his emotions. He allowed his emotions to rule, very often.

I can’t talk on behalf of Mr Bachchan. I can talk about my father, for sure. People who are very creative tend to be very passionate and eccentric.”

Did the industry not tell them to work with each other again and make efforts to reunite them? ” At every place, there are more people who divide you rather than people who unite you. Let me put it this way. Gossip in the industry travels half the world before the right industry even gets up from the bed. Jealousy rules,” Puneet concluded.

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