Mumbai: If we call Ramesh Sippy’s Sholay one of the most popular films of the country, then nothing will be wrong. Even after years have passed, this film and its characters are still alive in the hearts of the audience. All the characters of Sholay, be it Jai-Veeru, Gabbar, Surma Bhopali or Thakur, all of them have their own separate place in the history of Indian cinema. Thakur’s character in the film was played by Sanjeev Kapoor, who still lives in the hearts of the audience. Who will not remember the dialogue ‘Yeh haath mujhe de de Thakur’ spoken by Gabbar for Thakur in Sholay. The death of Amitabh Bachchan’s character ‘Jai’ in the film leaves everyone’s eyes moist. Especially how can anyone forget Thakur’s (Sanjeev Kumar) daughter-in-law Radha (Jaya Bachchan) crying bitterly. There is a funny anecdote related to this scene, which you hardly know about. On the occasion of Sanjeev Kumar’s birthday (Sanjeev Kumar Birh Anniversary), we tell you about this story.
Actually, when Amitabh Bachchan’s character Jai dies in the climax of Sholay, Radha starts crying bitterly. Who is the widow of Thakur’s son and starts liking Jai. Thakur’s dream of Radha’s hope of settling down again is shattered with Jai’s death and he too becomes very emotional. But, when Sanjeev Kumar was in this role and this climax was being shot, he forgets that ‘Thakur’ does not have hands.
Seeing Radha crying bitterly, Thakur-turned-Sanjeev Kumar gets so emotional that he wants to hug her to calm her down, forgetting that his character has no hands. According to reports, seeing Radha crying, Sanjeev Kumar tells Ramesh Sippy- ‘I can see in Radha’s eyes that she is broken. She was married to my son and now I was about to marry her to Jai and then this tragedy happened. I feel so bad for him. Can I take her in my arms to calm her down.’
Sanjeev Kumar died at the age of 47 due to a heart attack.
On hearing this, Ramesh Sippy was surprised and said- ‘In the arms… but where are Thakur’s hands?’ Let me tell you, Sanjeev Kumar was not the first choice for the role of Thakur in Sholay. The makers had earlier approached Dilip Kumar for this role, after he refused, Sanjeev Kumar got the role. Years later, Dilip Kumar had expressed regret for not doing this role. Sanjeev Kumar took his acting training in theater and was a part of the Indian People’s Theater Association (IPTA). Where he often played the role of an elderly. Even when he was very young.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 09, 2023, 14:00 IST
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