Veteran actors Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan had been a dynamic duo on display screen within the Seventies however that they had their fair proportion of misunderstandings behind the display screen. In Shatrughan Sinha’s memoirs Anything But Khamosh: The Shatrughan Sinha Biography, the actor revealed that he truly “dropped out and returned the signing amount” of a whole lot of movies due to Bachchan.
Sinha shared with the ebook’s writer Bharati S Pradhan that the Sholay star and he weren’t on one of the best of phrases. “The problem was the applause I was getting for my performances. Amitabh could see the response I was getting. That’s why he didn’t want me in some of his films,” he mentioned.
He recalled that in Kaala Patthar, which was one of many pivotal movies of their careers on the time, there was a whole lot of rigidity between them. “On the sets of Kaala Patthar, the chair next to Amitabh would not be offered to me, nor would his umbrella be ever trained to cover any of us. We’d be heading from the location towards the same hotel but he’d sit in his car and never say, ‘Let’s go together.’ I found it all very strange and wondered why this was happening because I never had any complaints against him,” he mentioned.
Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha’s characters had been pitched in opposition to one another in Kaala Patthar.
He additionally opened up a few combat scene that was modified dramatically. While Sinha was earlier instructed that it might be an equal combat between the 2 Dostana stars, the scene was modified whereas filming. Shatrughan mentioned that Amitabh was “beating the hell out of” him till Shashi Kapoor’s character separated them. The Kalicharan star put his foot down and this halted the shoot for 3-4 hours, which irked Bachchan much more.
“People say that Amitabh and I made a dynamic pair on screen but if he did not wish to work with me, if he felt that in Naseeb, Shaan, Dostana or Kaala Patthar Shatrughan Sinha bhari pad gaya (having Sinha around worked against him), it didn’t affect me. There were so many films that I dropped out of and returned the signing amount. There was a film called Patthar Ke Log – one of Prakash Mehra’s – written by Salim-Javed…so many films that I gave up without a backward glance because of Amitabh Bachchan,” he mentioned.
Talking about their rift, Sinha additionally shared that, “People say that Zeenat Aman or Rekha also contributed a little to the rift.” He added, “During Kaala Patthar, a heroine who was known to be very friendly with him, would visit him. She would come during Dostana also but not once would he bring her out and introduce her to any of us. In showbiz, everybody knew who was visiting whom. The media would immediately know if Reena was in my make-up room. Such things can never be hidden in our world.”
But through the years, Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan appeared to have made up as Bachchan was current on the launch of Sinha’s biography in 2016.