‘Mogambo khush hua’ is a dialogue any story tracing the entire history of the Hindi film industry would be incomplete without. But imagine this line being said by Anupam Kher? Hard right? But it's true that the ‘A Wednesday’ actor was first offered the menacing role in the 1987 blockbuster ‘Mr India’. The veteran got replaced, but he didn’t feel bad as he felt no one could’ve done the role better than Amrish Puri.
The revelation was made by Kher as Amrish Puri, known as arguably the best villain in the history of Indian cinema, apart from other diverse roles, was honoured with tributes on his 77th birth anniversary on June 22.
As per reports, Kher, who is promoting his film ‘One Day: Justice Delivered’ stated that he was to play the iconic villain in the Anil Kapoor-Sridevi starrer. However, after 1-2 months, makers replaced him with Amrish Puri for the role.
The 64-year-old also shared that actors always feel bad when they are replaced, but after he watched the movie, he felt that the makers were absolutely right in their decision.
Nevertheless, the two veterans went on to work in several hits together like ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’, ‘Tridev’, ‘Ram Lakhan’ and many other films. Kher also called him his very good friend and that it was hard to talk about friends who were not in this world anymore and termed him a 'remarkable actor.'
What’s interesting is that plans could be afoot for ‘Mr India 2’, with director-actor Shekhar Kapur and Anil Kapoor hinting at it with a recent picture. Knowing how close the latter is with Anupam Kher, the veteran could surely be the first choice this time too.
Apart from a doodle by Google, the two were among those who gave a tribute to the late actor. Here’s what they posted on social media:
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