When Shatrughan Sinha Made a Snarky Remark at Asha Parekh - Blast from the Past
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When Shatrughan Sinha Made a Snarky Remark at Asha Parekh - Blast from the Past

Asha Parekh and Shatrughan Sinha didn't get along. What happened and how did they deal with it? Read on...

Shatrughan Sinha was always an outspoken man. Known to invariably arrive late for his shootings, he called the shots and did his own thing even when he was a struggler. In his first release, Sajan in 1969, where he had a brief cameo  Shatrughan Sinha was said to have gotten into a heated argument with the film’s leading lady Asha Parekh who was a  very big star  back then. She  vowed never  to work with  SS again  , and she kept her word. There was no film featuring the names  ‘Asha  Parekh’ and  ‘Shatrughan Sinha’ together.

Until 1973, when  director Sultan Ahmed cast Shatrughan Sinha as a villain in the dacoit drama Heera. The lead actors were Sunil Dutt and Asha Parekh. Apparently AP and SS were  unwilling to work together. But  director Sultan Ahmed was  going through a financial  crisis. He  needed a hit badly and he  needed  his actors to co-operate.

Both SS and AP reluctantly agreed to do Heera. But on the very first day of their shooting together for the song Aaj nachun aise ke aag lag jaye  when  Asha Parekh was  to  touch Sinha’s hand  he  shouted, ‘Dettol lao Dettol lao’ after  the  shot. This was his  mock-protest  about coming in physical contact with his  sworn enemy.

The film was somehow completed. And Heera was a massive hit. I asked both Asha Parekh and Shatrughan Sinha   about the incident. They both laughed it off. “When you are  young you do a lot of indiscreet impulsive  things. Better  forgotten,” Ashaji told me.Amen to that.

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