Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra had deliberate to launch actor Abhishek Bachchan in a movie referred to as Samjhauta Express. However, it didn’t materialise, Rakeysh wrote in his autobiography The Stranger within the Mirror. He revealed that in his script Abhishek was supposed to essay the position of a terrorist.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Abhishek Bachchan, the son of actors Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, labored collectively in Delhi-6. It was launched 9 years after Abhishek’s first movie Refugee (2000). Rakeysh is gearing up for the launch of The Stranger In The Mirror, the cover of which has been unveiled by actor Sonam Kapoor not too long ago.
According to information company PTI, simply earlier than they have been to shoot the primary schedule in Ladakh, Jaya Bachchan referred to as the filmmaker to say that Refugee can be Abhishek’s first movie and never Samjhauta Express. Rakeysh was ‘deeply upset and crestfallen’ and declared that he would by no means make Samjhauta Express. He reportedly took the script and all of the analysis work, location footage, wardrobe trials and burnt them in a bonfire on his terrace on the barbecue range.
“I understood the decision (Abhishek’s) rationally. My script involved Abhishek playing a Pakistan-sponsored terrorist in his first film, which was against the grain of how Indian audiences perceive their hero… I couldn’t help but wonder: what is the right launch pad for an actor with a gargantuan legacy like Abhishek?” he wrote.
Abhishek later starred in Rakeysh’s movie Delhi-6 which was launched in 2009. Speaking in regards to the film in his ebook, Rakeysh mentioned, “…for me, Delhi-6 is and will remain the closest to my heart. And because as a script, it was the first that took shape within me and stayed dormant for a very long time inside my consciousness…I knew if I had to keep making great cinema, I would need a solid footing in picking the right kind of story. My movies had to have a voice. And I wanted to tackle sensitive subjects and make cinema that had a soul.”
“The message of Delhi-6 is bigger than any individual. Deep within, I felt validated and I knew why I had been chosen by the universe to make movies. Today, the movie has become even more relevant than ever before…,” he additional wrote.
The Stranger within the Mirror, co-written by marketer-author Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta and printed by Rupa, is peppered with anecdotes from Rakeysh’s life–from the ‘chai-biscuit’-hostel days to the popping of the proverbial champagne.
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The ebook options first-person accounts of Waheeda Rahman, AR Rahman, Manoj Bajpayee, Abhishek Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Raveena Tandon, Ronnie Screwvala, Atul Kulkarni, R Madhavan, Divya Dutta and Prahlad Kakar. It has a foreword by AR Rahman and an afterword by Aamir Khan.