In 1990, when debutant filmmaker Rajkumar Santoshi was attempting to make “Ghayal”, he had unsuccessfully approached a number of producers to again the mission. Not lots of them had been eager to provide the Sunny Deol-starrer at that stage, until Sunny’s father Dharmendra stepped in. The movie was lastly produced by Dharmendra, and upon launch on June 22, 1990, went on to grow to be a superhit. Sunny was additionally collectively given a National Award (Special Jury Award), with Pankaj Kapur and South Indian actress Jayabharathi. In a chat with IANS, Sunny recalled the making of “Ghayal”, a movie that cemented his place as an motion hero.
Sunny informed IANS: “Back then Raj was an assistant of Govind Nihalani, and he was yet to make his debut as a director. We knew each other and he came to me to narrate the story. I really liked the story, so I promised him to make it. Of course, Raj was a new director, so getting a producer was a task. Whoever we went to, with the story, every producer said that ‘yeh picture banao maat, chalegi nahi (don’t make this film, it won’t work)’. Almost everyone rejected the idea of the core story and everyone was suggesting changes. After exhausting ourselves with all the ‘no’, eventually, we went to my father.”
“My father saw the potential in the story and he decided to produce the film. Realising that papa has shown confidence and faith in us, we had to work hard and made the film exactly the way we scripted,” recalled the actor.
“Ghayal” featured Meenakshi Seshadri, Raj Babbar, Moushmi Chatterjee, Amrish Puri together with Sunny.
Before the movie’s theatrical launch, the actor-director stored a screening of the movie for movie critics and different members of the fraternity.
“I remember that moment, since I am an introverted person by nature. I used to feel awkward in front too many people, and standing in front of critics and receiving feedback of my work that I am so emotionally attached to, was tough. ‘Ghayal’ is close to our heart. Raj and I were so nervous. After the screening, before we came out to meet everyone, I told Raj, ‘theek hai, ab bann gaya hai, badal to nahi sakte (it’s all right, we have made it and cannot change it now). At least we made the film with honesty. Fail ho gaye to aage se aisi story nahi banayenge, aur kya (if we fail, we won’t attempt this sort of a story again in the future)’!” laughed Sunny.
The movie went on to be large success and grow to be one of many highest grossing Bollywood ventures on the field workplace that 12 months. Apart from a Special Jury Award for Sunny, the movie was additionally given a National Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment.
Sunny and director Santoshi collaborated on movies like “Damini” and “Ghatak” after “Ghayal”. Both the movies had been successes.
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