Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha and his wife Poonam Sinha recently made an appearance on the reality Television show Indian Idol 12. On the show, the actor revealed that he had denied being a part of the iconic film Sholay and termed it as a human error.
Sony TV took to their official Twitter handle to share a promo of the upcoming special episode. In the video, judge Himesh Reshammiya is seen revealing some lesser-known facts about Sinha. Reshammiya asked Sinha the reason behind rejecting the 1975 film Sholay which went on to become a classic. “You can call it a human error. Ramesh Sippy saab used to make great films and he made Sholay, which became a blockbuster and was praised by world’s renowned filmmaker, Bharat Ratna and Oscar-winner late Satyajit Ray saab,” Sinha said while answering the question.
“During those times, I was continuously shooting for films, which had two heroes and somehow, we can call it a human error or my dates were an issue, I couldn’t sign the film Sholay. I’m sad but happy at the same time as due to Sholay, national icon Amitabh Bachchan, who is my dear friend, got such a big break,” he added.
Sinha further said that it is natural for actors to reject film because of date issues. “Certain rejections of films occur due to dates issues. Even Amitabh Bachchan wanted to do ‘Kali Charan’ but he couldn’t do it for a reason. It’s generic in nature, even Rajesh Khanna, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Sunny Deol must have rejected films for several reasons. It’s habitual, nature-wise,” he said.
Directed by Ramesh Sippy, Sholay starred Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Jaya Bachchan, Hema Malini, Amjad Khan, and Sanjeev Kumar.