Manoj Kumar had hatched a conspiracy against Rajesh Khanna, had played a disgusting trick for the film, yet he could not do it.
Late veteran Bollywood actor Manoj Kumar was a superstar of his time. It is said that when his stardom was on the verge of ending. In those days, Rajesh Khanna was in power. At one time both these stars were one of the most demanding stars of Bollywood. However, they did not get along with each other at all.
New Delhi. Clash of films at the box office is not a new thing. This story has been going on for a long time. A similar situation was seen during the year 1972 also. When big films of two superstars were about to clash at the box office at the same time. However, to save the films from clash, the directors of those films, with their mutual consent, changed the release date and released them. But Rajesh Khanna’s film turned out to be a superhit and Manoj Kumar’s film proved to be a huge flop.
Here are the films we are talking about. One of them was Rajesh Khanna and Tanuja’s superhit film ‘Mere Jeevan Sathi’ and the other was Manoj Kumar and Jaya Bhaduri’s film ‘Shor’. Both these films were released in the year 1972. It is said that both these films were supposed to hit the theaters on the same date, but due to Rajesh Khanna’s stardom, the director of the show, Manoj Kumar, had to accept defeat because Rajesh Khanna’s film proved to be a superhit at the box office.
In a report of IMBD, citing the book of ‘Mere Jeevan Sathi’ producer Harish Shah, it has been said that Harish Shah had strongly criticized an action of Manoj Kumar in his book. According to the book, Harish was requested by the film distributor to delay the film ‘Mere Jeevan Sathi’ and not release it with ‘Shor’. Harish Shah agreed to the distributors and released ‘Mere Jeevan Sathi’ a week after the release of the film Shor. Whereas Rajesh Khanna was a superstar in those days.
It is further written in the report that after the release of ‘Mere Jeevan Sathi’, when Harish came to see the condition of Apsara Theater in Mumbai. There he saw that all the tickets had been bought and were now being sold at a cheap rate of Rs 25 by black ticket scalper boys. Seeing this, he got a little worried because the black ticket was going to cause huge loss to his film collection. When he questioned the boys selling tickets, he came to know that they had been paid a huge amount to do so. Only Manoj Kumar was playing this game.
According to the report, Manoj did not want any conflict with Rajesh Khanna’s film. He had bought the tickets and now started selling them in the market at a bad rate. This was a very well thought out move on his part. He did not want Rajesh Khanna’s film to last long at the box office. However, a few months after his act, Manoj, feeling guilty, expressed his desire to work in Harish Shah’s next film. Harish told her his feelings and rejected her offers.
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