How Shashi Kapoor was responsible for Aamir Khan’s first All Time Blockbuster
The superstars & Padma Bhushan awardees of two different eras, the enigmatic debonair late actor Shashi Kapoor, and perfectionist Aamir Khan may not have shared the screen space ever, but there is a very interesting winning connection between the duo that will be cherished in the annals of Indian cinema. In fact, Aamir would always stay obliged for the veteran star.
Had it not been for Shashi Kapoor’s superhit film JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE, Aamir would have to wait for around two decades to fetch an ‘All Time Blockbuster’ in his kitty and emerge as the most bankable star. Well, if we go by the stats of Aamir Khan’s movies, then the perfectionist got his first All Time Blockbuster with Dharmesh Darshan’s RAJA HINDUSTANI (1996) despite embarking his career with a hit like QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK, which was an inspired remake of Shashi’s JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE, which itself was a resounding success of veteran star’s career and brought him in league.
Perhaps, if RAJA HINDUSTANI, the successful remake of JAB JAB PHOOL KHILE, had not been made, Aamir would have relished the status of ATBB much later with GHAJINI, as we are all well aware that how Aamir shifted gears with GHAJINI and how the film changed his game in Bollywood. Post that Aamir churned money spinners and earned ATBB status with most of his films. Every other film of his set a new benchmark and created smashing records. But RAJA HINDUSTANI will always be cherished to be the first film to earn Aamir the ATBB status way back in 90s
Besides, when Aamir Khan’s DHOOM: 3 (which again happens to be his ATBB) released, those who saw Amitabh-Shashi’s AKAYLA were very surprised. The idea of Aamir Khan’s dual role seemed to be inspired from the villain’s role in AKAYLA. In the 1991 film, the villain escaped every time with the help of his twin brother, something similar that Aamir Khan played in Dhoom:3.
Well indeed this is an amazing connection!