Sunday, 6 January 2013

Did You Know ?



Salman was Hrithik's trainer


Before the release of his debut film, Hrithik Roshan used weight training to bulk up for his role. Did you know that he was trained under the supervision of actor Salman Khan?

The film went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of all times.



John says no for 'wooing' Kareena


Before, John Abraham proved himself in the world of Bollywood, Karan Johar offered him to play the role of Robbie in 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham'.

Robbie, who was later on played by TV actor Vikas Sethi tries to woo flippant Kareena Kapoor in the movie and probably John was not interested and declined the cameo offer.

Later on, John bagged the lead role in Karan Johar's 'Kaal' and 'Dostana'!

It's all in the destiny, we can say...


Border used actual arms but a fake casualty count


The highest grossing film of 1997, Border was based on the real life battle of Longewella from the 1971 IndoPak war.

Director J P Dutta was loosely inspired by the dairy of his brother, who was a pilot with the Indian Air Force who lost his life in a MIG crash in 1987.

The film was shot on actual locations of the war with real army men participating in the shoot and using original arms, ammunition, military jeeps and Hawker Hunter fighter planes.

However the casualty count shown in the film was overstated for cinematic reconstruction and adaptation. In the actual 1971 war only two soldiers lost their lives.


When Kajol's sari flew...


Kajol's famous scene in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai where her pallu flies and slips from its position thus making SRK realize his love for Kajol (ahem!) was actually scripted by choreographer Farah Khan and not director Karan Johar.

It was Farah's filmy way of showing how the hero realizes he has fallen for the heroine.



Saif was to romance Kajol


Saif Ali Khan turned down Shah Rukh Khan's role in DDLJ.

Saif Ali Khan was offered the role of Raj Malhotra in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge .

But he refused the role which then went to Shah Rukh Khan. King Khan had initially resisted playing the lead in this film.

However, it was DDLJ that created his screen persona of a romantic hero.


'Mr India' was written for Big B!


Shekhar Kapur's 'Mr. India' starring Anil Kapoor and Srivedi was originally written for Amitabh Bachchan.

The film was also scripted keeping in mind Amitabh Bachchan's voice but Big B refused to be a part of the film and to do the 'invisible' role.

Afterwards, Anil Kapoor accepted the offer and 'Mr. India' became a landmark movie in Anil's Bollywood career.


Why was SRK playing Raj in DDLJ


The name of Shah Rukh Khan's character Raj Malhotra in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge was given by Aditya Chopra after the legendary Raj Kapoor.

The name of Raj was synonymous to SRK in films like Chalte Chalte, Baadshah and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman.







How Amisha Patel got her name?


This is a very interesting one. The name of Amisha's parents is Amit and Asha Patel.

Amisha and Ashmit derive their names from their parent's names. Amisha is formed out of the first three letters of the father's name and the last three letters of her mother's name.

Thus, AMISHA = (AMI)T + A(SHA). On the other hand, Ahsmit is formed out of the first three letters of the mother's name and the last three letters of his father's name. Thus, ASHMIT = (ASH)A + A(MIT).


The idea of making Dhoom


The film's concept came to Aditya Chopra while he was watching Kaala Patthar (1979), one of his father's action thrillers.

Not surprisingly, the title came from one of its songs - Dhoom Mache Dhoom, which was slightly adapted to become Dhoom Machale. However, that film starred Amitabh Bachchan, while this one stars his son Abhishek Bachchan.





Aamir Khan's girl bonding


Aamir Khan had more girl friends than male friends when he was a kid. He was also nicknamed Kanhaiyalal by his family because he was always surrounded by girls.

His mother was requested by Aamir's teacher to shift Aamir to a boy's school as he used to always argue with his girl counterparts.






Bhoot broke Bollywood rules


Ram Gopal Varma's horror flick Bhoot broke several rules of Bollywood formula films and was nonetheless successful.

Along-with being the recent film without any songs, the film started the trend of promotional music video. The movie was only two hours long, it was heroine-centered. The movie was not a love story but a horror flick and still went on to set the box office cash registers ringing.