Raj Babbar is one among the few brilliant actors who has the distinction of working with both commercial filmmakers like B.R.Chopra, Boney Kapoor, Shakti Samanta, Yash Chopra and parallel cinema filmmakers like Shyam Benegal, Muzaffar Ali, Mahesh Bhatt, Ketan Mehta etc. Raj Babbbar turns 62 today; Glamsham.Com wishes him birthday greetings and reveals how the actor prepared for the infamous rape scene in INSAAF KA TARAZU that made him a star overnight.
Though Raj Babbar has worked with many directors of repute, he considers working with B.R.Chopra as an asset. In an interview he said, “Working with Chopra Sahab has been delight because when I first worked with him in the movie INSAAF KA TARAZU, I was confronted with the top actress of that era, Zeenat Aman and to make things difficult I had a vicious rape scene with her.”
He added, “When Chopra Sahab explained me the scene he wanted me to be really brutal. I was in dilemma as the scene demanded me to be physical and brutal simultaneously. Being a new comer I was hesitant to enact such a graphic sequence that too with the industry’s number one actress Zeenat Aman, hence I requested Chopra Sahab to tone down the scene but he affectionately explained me the importance of the scene and pepped me up to perform.”
He continued, “To make me at ease he arranged several rehearsals as he wanted me to be intense violent and wild. I appreciate Zeenat Amanji too, as she was really cooperative and applauded Chopra Sahab for extracting a rape scene that has ever been shot on Indian screen.”
Readers would be surprised to know that though Raj Babbar played a complete dark character in INSAAF KA TARAZU, and was entitled to be a villain in the movie yet looking at the depth of his character he was nominated in the ‘Best Actor Category’ for the Filmfare Award in the years 1981.