When Meena Kumari cajoled Dharmendra to go shirtless!
When Meena Kumari cajoled Dharmendra to go shirtless!
Nowadays, when every Bollywood actor is going shirtless displaying his six or eight pack abs, readers may be
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When Meena Kumari cajoled Dharmendra to go shirtless!

December 8, 2014 12:09:45 PM IST
By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
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Nowadays, when every Bollywood actor is going shirtless displaying his six or eight pack abs, readers may be aware that the trend of hero going shirtless was started way back in the mid-60s by ‘He- Man', Dharmendra in his hit film PHOOL AUR PATTHAR. However, very few may know that Dharmendra was reluctant to go shirtless and had even had a tussle with its filmmaker O. P. Ralhan.


The scene in question portrayed Dharmendra, who played a gangster in the film, enters his room in a drunken state and is bewitched by the alluring beauty of the heroine (Meena Kumari) laying lonely on his bed. He is aroused and in temptation removes his shirt and tries to be physical but his inner voice stops him.

Film director, O. P. Ralhan was adamant to shoot the scene only if Dharmendra did the scene shirtless; however Dharmendra was hesitant because of his utter respect for Meena Kumari. He retorted, “Ralhan Sahab how can I remove my shirt before Meenaji, whom I revere. Further my Tahzeeb (Ethics) does not permit me to bend so low.”
While O. P. Ralhan and Dharmendra were engaged in heated arguments, Meena Kumari came to know about Dharmendra's reservation for the scene. She cajoled Dharmendra. She explained him that if does not remove his shirt the sensuality and the impact of the scene would be lost. And he agreed.

Later when the film unit saw the rushes of the scene everybody was overwhelmed. Readers would be surprised to know that the scene was used on the film poster and created history at the box-office.


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