Leading actors Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan were a dynamic duo on screen in the 1970s, but behind the scenes they had misunderstandings. In Shatrughan Sinha Memories Any But Khamosh: Shatrughan Sinha’s biography reveals that actor Bachchan has “missed out and re-signed” a lot of movies due to him.
Sinha shared with show author Bharathi S Pradhan that Sholay is a star and he is not the best. “The problem is the appreciation I receive for my performances. Amitabh I could see the response I was getting. That’s why he didn’t want me in some of his films, ”he said.
He recalled that at the time, during one of the key films in their careers, there was a lot of tension between them. “In the Kala Pathar sets, the chair next to Amitabh is never given to me, nor is his umbrella ever trained to cover any of us. We go from the location to the same hotel but he never sits in his car and says ‘let’s go together’. All of this seemed very strange to me and I wondered why this was happening because I had no complaints against him, ”he said.
He also opened up about a dramatically altered fight scene. Sinha had earlier been told that there would be an equal fight between the two Dostana stars, but the scene changed during filming. Shatrughan said that Amitabh was torturing himself until Shashi Kapoor’s character separated themselves. The Kalicharan star lowered his foot and it stopped the shoot for 3-4 hours, which further angered Bachchan.
“People say that Amitabh and I did a dynamic pair on screen, but if he does not want to work with me, Naseeb, Shaan, Dostana or Kala Pattar can be found in Shatrughan Sinha Heavy pad Gaya (Being around Sinha worked against him), it didn’t affect me. I left a lot of movies and returned the signed amount. There is a film called Pattar Ke Log – one of Prakash Mehra-written by Salim-Javed … I have given up looking back on a lot of films because of Amitabh Bachchan, ”he said.
Speaking about their differences, Sinha shared, “People say that either Zeenat Aman or Rekha also contributed a bit to the rift.” He said, “During Kala Pattar, a heroine who is very friendly with him visits him. She also comes during friendship but not once did he bring her out and introduce her to any of us. In showbiz, everyone knows who is visiting whom. We can never hide such things in our world. “
But over the years, Shatrughan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan have been like Bachchan since they were present at the launch of Sinha’s biography in 2016.