Parveen Babi cried because she was replaced by Jaya Bachchan in ‘Silsila’ starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha, Ranjeet reveals ‘it was to create gimmick controversy’ | Hindi Movie News – Times of India

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Yash Chopra‘s ‘Silsila‘ is called iconic today, because of the film’s casting, dialogues, performances, music and the way Chopra presented the movie! It was the last film where Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha starred together. But did you know that initially, Parveen Babi was to play Jaya Bachchan‘s role? The original casting of the film had Parveen, Rekha and Big B.Actor Ranjeet largely known for his negative roles in Hindi movies, revealed this in an interview as he was very close friends with Parveen.
Ranjeet opened up on his bond with Parveen in an interview with ANI and said, “Parveen Babi was my dear friend… she was all alone. She was a beautiful lady. Always smiling and we used to call her ‘fawada‘ because of her teeth… Once she was very upset and she was crying. I asked her ‘Kya hua Parveen? (What happened Parveen?)’ We were in Kashmir. I don’t mind quoting because it’s a fact. A film was made, Silsila, and Parveen Babi was the original heroine but she was asked to leave. And because of a gimmick controversy, they cast Rekha and Jaya Bhaduri in the film otherwise it was Parveen and Rekha.”
Ranjeet also had a great bonding with Sanjeev Kumar. He shared, “He used to live in Pali Hill…every person has a spending threshold, I want this thing but can’t afford it, still, I would take it even if have to take the loan… he was not like that. He didn’t want to…his father died, his brother died, so many people died, you know. Wo to destiny hoti hai,”
The actor further revealed that unfortunately the industry has lost many legends who had shaped Hindi cinema. Ranjeet’s original name is Gopal Bedi but he used the former as his screen name!





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