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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 23:28 IST

DYK Sharmila Tagore wasn't the first choice for Rajesh Khanna's blockbuster hit Aradhana?

Sharmila Tagore recently revealed she was not the initial choice for the role of Vandana in the 1969 movie Aradhana.

Sharmila Tagore on TV content and media literacy
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Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore has disclosed that she was not the initial choice for the role of Vandana in the 1969 movie Aradhana, and how she fought to prove why she was perfect for the character.

Sharmila had to fight to get a role in Aradhna

The 1969 romantic drama 'Aradhana' is directed by Shakti Samanta, and stars Sharmila and Rajesh Khanna in lead roles. Sharmila's portrayal as Vandana in the movie stands as one of her iconic performances.

The surprising details emerged on a reality chat show couch as she disclosed not being the first choice for the role. Sharmila said: “I chose Aradhana, rather fought for Aradhana. Shakti (Samanta) Ji said, 'We are thinking of somebody else'.” "Your image was scarred," asked host.

Director said Sharmila was too young for the role

The 79-year-old actress replied: "No, he didn't say that. He was very fond of me. But he felt that I was too young. Oh, and I won't be able to do it. But Sachin will make the screenplay writer as a friend. He kind of said, 'Yes, I think we can do it.' So there was much debate. And in any case, they were making a big film with Shammi ji. Right. And with Shammi Ji, they were having problems with dates. So this happened very quickly."

Host added: "What a blockbuster. Oh my God. What a blockbuster." "It ran for 50 weeks," said Sharmila. Sharmila Tagore was last seen in Gulmohar, also starring Manoj Bajapayee.

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(With inputs from IANS)

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Published December 26th, 2023 at 23:28 IST

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