Saturday, July 26, 2014

Amjad Khan Still Immortal As ‘Gabbar Singh’ - Part II

In the last issue you read how Danny Denzongpa had to decline the role of Gabbar Singh due to his commitment to Firoz Khan’s movie DHARMATMA. Hence Ramesh Sippy was in a fix to find a new actor. 

Ramesh Sippy in an interview had said, “After Danny declined the role of Gabbar Singh there was a tug of war between Sanjeev Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra all three vying for the role of Gabbar Singh. However I and the writer pair Salim Javed were of the opinion to cast a new actor who could come as a surprise to the viewers.” 

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Amjad Khan recalling his casting in SHOLAY in an interview said, “I was an active theater actor and Salim, (of Salim Javed) was my good friend. We used to pass our time at Prithiv Theatre. Once Salim told me that Ramesh Sippy is making a movie and there is a crucial role for which he is searching a good actor. So he asked me to meet Ramesh Sippy. I met him in his office but he told me that he had finalized Danny for the role. I was disappointed and returned home.” 

He continued, “Days passed away and I began concentrating on my theatre, though I kept visiting film producers offices to try my luck in films, but in vain. One day to my delight Salim Khan came to my residence and told me that Danny has declined the role and Ramesh Sippy wished to meet me. Incidentally the same day my wife had labor pain and was rushed to hospital for delivery. But she urged me to go and meet Ramesh Sippy. I went reluctantly on her plea.”

He added, “I cannot forget the day 20 September 1973. It turned out the luckiest day of my life because Ramesh Sippy finalized me for the role of Gabbar Singh in SHOLAY by paying me a handsome signing amount; on the other hand my wife Shehla gave birth to a son, our first child, Shadaab Khan.”

Soha Ali Khan And Kunal Khemu’s Engagement Is Official

Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu’s engagement is now official. Soha got engaged to her longtime beau Kunal Khemu in the city of love, Paris. Sharing her delight with her fans Soha Ali Khan tweeted, "It gives me great happiness to share with you all that Kunal proposed to me in Paris with the most perfect ring in the world and I said yes.” 


According to close sources Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu, who were in live –in relation for past many years have the blessing of both the couple’s parents. Soha’s mother Sharmila Tagore and brother Saif Ali Khan along with Kunal Khemu father Ravi Khemu has expressed pleasure at the engagement. 




It may be noted that earlier Sharmila Tagore had reservations about Soha’s affair with Kunal but later she accepted him. Reacting to the news Sharmila Tagore told media, “I am quite delighted. At last Soha has paid heed to my advice.” She added, “Prior to taking the crucial decision, Soha took my consent and also informed her sister Saba and elder brother Saif about her engagement.” 


Saif Ali Khan, who is busy shooting in London for the movie PHANTOM, told, “I am glad that Soha has finally decided to settle. Regarding Kunal, he is almost our family member and a nice guy.” 

Regarding the wedding Saif said, “Though the wedding date is still uncertain but it would be a grand affair, probably at the Pataudi venue, where I and Bebo (Kareena Kapoor) were married.” 

Interestingly enough while Saif believes the wedding may be held at Pataudi venue, Sharmila Tagore has declined. Speaking to media she said, “I think the marriage will not be a lavish affair nor will it be held at Pataudi. Instead the marriage will be held at Kunal and Soha’s home in Mumbai and will be low key. 

A source close to Kunal told, “Recently Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu were holidaying in London and there were no plans to visit Paris. But during their romantic trip the duo decided to take the vital decision and Kunal decided it to make it memorable by purposing Soha in the romantic city of Paris.”