- Prem Chopra recalls that he was not sure about Raj Kapoor’s appearance in Bobby and was not satisfied with the role he was playing.
Posted on September 23, 2021 12:48 PM IST
Leading actor Prem Chopra recalled hesitating to play the villain role for Raj Kapoor in the film Bobby and how the director first gave him the iconic line ‘Prem Nam Mein Mera, Prem Chopra’.
In an interview commemorating his birthday, the actor said that he was not sure about playing a supporting role and was interested in harnessing his growing popularity by playing the lead roles. But Raj Kapoor told him, “I don’t care, you have to do it.”
When asked about the origins of the famous line, Prem Chopra told indianexpress.com, “He loved to drink and one day we sat together. I keep asking him to give me a script to learn my dialogues; That is a Raj Kapoor movie! All he had to say was, ‘Batayenge batayenge, fursat se’. He said a young couple had fled and I was the only one to catch them. I had to say ‘Prem Nam Mein Mera … Prem Chopra’. “
He continued, “When I first heard it, it wasn’t recorded. During the shooting, I met Prem Nath and told him that I was unhappy with the character. His advice is, trust Raj Kapoor. The film is believed to be a big hit. With his encouragement, I did my best and the dialogue clicked. Even today, wherever I go in the world, people introduce me to that dialogue or whatever I want to say. It is very close to my heart, my book name is also Prem Nam Mein Mera … Prem Chopra.
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Bobby Runaway starring Rishi Kapoor in his first lead role as an adult actor was a hit and was especially popular in the Soviet Union. The film also stars Dimple Kapadia.