Sunny Deol’s War with Yash Chopra – Blast From the Past
Shah Rukh Khan had something to do with Sunny Deol’s problems with the late Yash Chopra
Darr, the 1993 Yash Chopra blockbuster which took Shah Rukh Khan’s stardom higher by at least 8 notches, created a permanent rift between Chopra and his real-life neighbour Sunny Deol. The thing is, Yash Chopra loved Shah Rukh Khan like a son from the time he first worked with him in Darr. So it isn’t hard to see Darr as an SRK vehicle. Sure, he played the antagonist, and if today Darr was to be re-made it would be difficult for the Chopras to romanticize SRK’s stalker character. (Jadoo, teri nazar indeed!).
Back then Chopra and SRK had a ball creating a dark obsessive lover’s character, at the cost of the film’s official hero Sunny Deol who found himself at a disadvantage regarding his co-star’s role. Sources close to the project say, Deol was aghast at the prominence given to what he was told was the villain of the film. “Shah Rukh was the villain. But he had all the punches, punchlines , hit songs and audiences’ sympathy. Sunny Deol was couldn’t believe how lopsided the two main roles had become, with the script openly favouring the grey character,” says the source.
There were huge showdowns and fights throughout the making of Darr. Finally Deol completed the film , swearing never to work with Yash Chopra or Shah Rukh Khan again. Deol kept his word.
Interestingly Deol’s role in Darr was first offered to Aamir Khan who smartly asked for the script. Yash Chopra never reverted.