When Asha Parekh REFUSED To Work with Amitabh Bachchan – Blast from the Past

When Asha Parekh REFUSED To Work with Amitabh Bachchan – Blast from the Past

Amitabh Bachchan had been rejected by several top actresses before he became a superstar. Asha Parekh was one of them

The  world tends  to forget that  before Amitabh Bachchan  became  a mega-star, he went through a long period  of struggle  that lasted  from 1969 to1972 when he  made  non-descript appearances in  at least  13 films, not all  of them unsuccessful—Bombay To Goa was a success  but all the credit went  to Shatrughan Sinha.

Until Zanjeer  in 1973 no  major heroine wanted to work with the Big B. Every  major leading lady said no to Zanjeer and Jaya Bhaduri (Bachchan) who was  a superstar  back then, agreed only because it  was her boyfriend’s ticket to superstardom.  That apart,  the top heroines shied away. Asha Parekh who was  offered  a film opposite Mr Bachchan in  1971 is said to have refused the offer.  They never  worked  together  until many years  later when in the prime of  his  mega-stardom she played  his Bhabhi in Kaalia.

When Asha Parekh REFUSED To Work with Amitabh Bachchan – Blast from the Past

Asha  Parekh actually took the opportunity  during Kaalia to clear  the air with Mr Bachchan. “That’s right I  explained  to him that I   never said  no to  any offer with him.  It  was  the  mediators  who caused the  confusion for their own reasons. They managed  to create  an unnecessary  awkwardness between  us,” says Ashaji.

Interestingly  the only really  major heroine who agreed  to work with Mr Bachchan in his pre-Zanjeer days was Mala Sinha who starred opposite him in  a  flop called Sanjog in  1971. “I could tell even back then that there was an extraordinary  intensity in his  personality,” Mala Sinha told me smugly.

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