Our stars are always in the spotlight and so are their movies. With the internet age at its peak, there aren’t many things that one doesn’t know or is exposed to. However, after some digging, we’ve uncovered 20 titbits we bet you may not know about Bollywood.
- It may sound insane and completely untrue, considering the crazy amount stars are paid these days but when Dharmendra first joined the film indutsry, his salary was the meagre sum of Rs. 51 only!
2. Shah Rukh Khan was the first choice for Anil Kapoor’s role in Slumdog Millionaire.
3. Anil Kapoor is now one of the most successful actors in the industry and is globally recognized for his show, 24 and Slumdog Millionaire. However, when the actor first came to Mumbai, he was living in Raj Kapoor’s garage. The actor later moved into a room in one of Mumbai’s suburbs.
4. Manthan (1976) by Shyam Benegal was technically produced by 5,00,000 farmers of Gujarat. This movie was funded by the largest number of individuals ever!
5. Yaadein is a 1964 movie of 113 minutes and features Sunil Dutt as the only actor. It’s featured in the Guinness Book of World Records in the category of fewest actors in a narrative film.
6. Yash Chopra refused 54 Manish Malhotra dresses before settling on one for Madhuri Dixit’s look in Dil Toh Pagal Hain.
7. Hrithik Roshan was the first actor approached for the role of Mohan in Swades. After he rejected it, SRK took it up and iconized it.
8. Sridevi was only 13 years of age when she played Rajnikanth’s step-mother in a Tamil film called Moondru Mudichu.
9. Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan hold the record of having won the highest number of Filmfare awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role i.e. 8.
10. PK had a paanwala on set all day, every day. Aamir Khan had to eat upto 10-15 betel leaves to get the right colour around his lips.
11. Dabanng 2 was the first sequel for Salman Khan in his 23 year career!
12. Deepika Padukone was spotted by Farah Khan in a Himesh Reshammiya music video! That led to her dream debut in Om Shanti Om opposite Shah Rukh Khan.
13. LOC Kargil and Mera Naam Joker are the two longest Bollywood films of all time with a running time of 4 hours and 25 minutes.
14. For an intense scene in Lootera, Ranveer Singh had to keep piercing himself repeatedly with a safety pin so as to better emote.
15. Vindoo Dara Singh and Piyush Mishra were considered for Prem’s role in Salman Khan’s Maine Pyar Kiya. Thank God it eventually went to Salman Khan!
16. After shooting for Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Salman Khan bought two new horses for his farmhouse and named them Bajrangi and Bhaijaan respectively! Awww?
17. Jeetendra started his career as a body double, that too for actress Sandhya in her film, Navrang. We can’t even imagine!
18. Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai holds the Guinness World Record for most awards won by a movie – 92 awards!
19. And this one’s super cute! During the making of Sholay, Dharmendra would pay the light boys to make mistakes. Why, you ask? So he could hug Hema Malini again and again!
20. We loved Akshay Khanna in Dil Chahta Hain but did you know that his role was initially offered to Shiney Ahuja?