May 17, 2020, 05:00 AM IST
Mumbai. Amitabh Bachchan and Javed Akhtar were given career breaks by the producers of many blockbuster films like 'Muqaddar Ki Sikandar', 'Lavaris' and 'Zanjeer'. Javed Akhtar wrote the story of this film. On the occasion of Prakash Mehra's death anniversary, Javed has spoken to Bhaskar praising his work.
Talking about Prakash Mehra, Javed said, he was a very interesting and humorous man. He used to narrate the joke and he used to appreciate it even if someone else narrates it. He also loved poets. When he took the script of Zanjeer from us, at that time, we were not thirty years old and, to tell the truth, we started getting fame from Zanjeer. After that Sholay wall films came. At that time we were not any well-known writers.
Many big stars refused to be chained
When Prakash ji took the script of Zanjeer from us, it was rejected by several big actors one after the other. The biggest thing was that it was the first film of his production house. If one or two big stars in the film industry did not say the script of the film, the producers felt that there was something wrong with the script and they would have left it. But what was the perception of this person on the new writers, who did not leave the film. That too when the big stars refused to do it.
Amitabh got success with Zanjeer
Amitabh Bachchan was cast in the film. At that time, Amitabh was not a successful actor nor did any of his films go well. But Prakash ji did not leave the script. I am grateful to Prakash Mehra's belief that he trusted us. If he left the film at that time, would the film have been made or would this film have Amitabh Bachchan, I don't know. Amitabh Bachchan and my career started with Zanjeer. I respect him a lot.