Javed Akhtar remembers how Rajesh Khanna helped him and Salim Khan turn into richer: ‘Usne hume bohut paise dilwaye…’

Javed Akhtar recalled how Rajesh Khanna satisfied him and Salim Khan to work on his movie as soon as so he might purchase his iconic Mumbai bungalow, price 4.5 lakh. The late actor had stated to Javed and Salim that he couldn’t decide out of the movie regardless of its poor second half, because the producer had given him a hefty signing quantity – 2.5 lakh – which he wanted to purchase the property. In a brand new interview, the lyricist-writer additionally credited Rajesh Khanna for making him and Salim Khan – who later grew to become well-known as screenwriter duo Salim-Javed – ‘richer and richer’. Also learn: Javed Akhtar remembers why he stopped working with Salim Khan: ‘Jab kamyabi ayi, naye log zindagi mein aye aur…’

Speaking about how him and Salim Khan have been paid 750 every for his or her first movie as writers, Javed recalled they every earned 5000 for writing Haathi Mere Saathi. The movie was directed by Ramesh Sippy, and was get together written by Salim-Javed.

In a brand new interview with Arbaaz Khan, Javed Akhtar spoke about how Salim and him landed Haathi Mere Saathi, “Tab yeh bana rahe then Andaz aur ye Andaz ke second half mein fuss gaye. Andaz ka second half hum logon ne banaya hai. Toh humara additional screenplay mein naam aata hai. Ab yeh woh waqt tha jab Rajesh Khanna ki nayi-nayi film hit huyi thi, main baat kar raha hoon 1969-70 beginning ki. Woh roz ata tha wahin, isliye ki inhone break diay tha, toh humse dosti ho gayi. Ek di wo aya Salim Saab ke saath. Rajesh Khanna ne kaha ‘bhai dekho meri bahut badi majburi hai. Majburi yeh hai ki main Carter Road pe ghar khareed raha hoon. Ghar bahut mehenga hai. Wo ghar hai sadhe chaar lakh ka. Aur ye producer ne mujhe itna bada signing amount diya hai ki main wapis toh kar hee nahi sakta hoon. Isne mujhe dhai lak rupay diye. Aur agar main iss script mein kaam karta hoon toh main film industry se nikal jaoonga. Ab choice yeh hai tum dono yaar ise kissi tarah theek kardo ke kam chalao ho jaye (The makers of Anzar were stuck because of the second half. We had become friends with Rajesh Khanna around 1969-70, when he told us he wanted us to work on the film’s script as he needed the film to work. He said he was buying a home worth 4.5 lakh in Mumbai’s Carter Road and needed money for the same. The producer had given him 2.5 lakh already, which he could not return. He could not leave the film, but was scared that the second half was so bad that he could be kicked out of the film industry)”.

Javed additional stated, “Script padhi maine, ki dekhen kya hai yeh. Shart humarai yeh hai ki – hero wahi hai jo rahega, chaar hathi apke hum bacha denge, iske alawa hum sab kuch badal denge. Aapko yeh manzoor ho toh buliye. Hum iske screenplay pe aise kaam karte then jaise mazaak ho. Matlab has has ke hamre pure sceens mein buri haalat ho jati thi… humne unhe sunao aur unhe pasand aya, unhone le liya. Iss baar Rajesh Khanna ne hume bohut paise dilwaye. Dus haazar rupaye. panch hazaar Salim Saab ko, panch hazaar mujhe (After we read the script, we gave the makers two conditions – the hero will remain the same, and we will retain the elephants, but everything else will be changed. They liked what we wrote, even though we were joking most of the time, while working on the script. This time Rajesh made sure were were paid well. We earned 10000, with each of us making 5000). So, were were becoming richer and richer.”

Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan labored as screenwriters in well-known Hindi movies resembling Sholay, Don and Deewaar, amongst others. In one other current interview with BBC Hindi, Javed had spoken about why he stopped working with Salim Khan after a few a long time. Javed additionally spoke about their profitable partnership and the way Salim had inspired him to turn into a screenwriter within the first place.

Source web site: www.hindustantimes.com

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