Sanjeev Kapoor thought producer lowered his fee because the actor slept in chawl

Actor Sanjeev Kumar made his debut as a lead actor in 1965 with Nishan. In his nearly 25-year film career, he appeared in films like Yehi Hai Zindagi, Ram Tere Kitne Naam, Kathl, Shikaar, and many more. Sanjeev won several awards during his lifetime, including two National Film Awards for Best Actor for his 1970 film Dastak and the 1972 film Kosish. Sanjeev died of a heart attack on November 6, 1985. In his biography of the actor Sanjeev Kumar: The Actor We All Loved, the author highlights the struggles Sanjeev faced in his early years in the industry. Also Read: When Subhash Ghai gave Shatrughan Sinha a loan but on interest, Sanjeev Kumar finally helped him.

Sanjeev Kumar: Biography of Actors We All Loved Rita Ramamurthy Gupta and Uday Jariwala. The book contains anecdotes of late actor Sanjeev Kumar who dedicated his life to Indian cinema. This anecdote from the life of Sanjeev Kumar talks about the early days of his struggle in the film industry. In this episode of his life, he meets a renowned producer who wants to produce a film for Sanjeev.

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How a producer tries to negotiate his price after seeing Hari (Sanjeev Kumar) in a bus

An interesting anecdote from those days comes from Sanjeev’s close friend Subhash Indori in an interview with journalist Anil Chitre in the July 1980 issue of Cineblitz. Even though Sanjeev Kumar was released for his debut film Nishaan, he was traveling by bus. In one such bus, the producers who were traveling in the same bus recognized Sanjeev as Nishan Nayak. When Sanjeev lands on Grant Road, the producer rushes after him and tells him that he is starting a film and wants to discuss things with Sanjeev. The producer took his residential address and promised to drop him the next day.

The next day, the producers arrive at Sanjeev’s one-room chawl in Bhuleshwar and find Sanjeev sleeping in the kitchen. Sanjeev immediately wakes up and prepares tea for his guest and brings the cup to him. In the discussion that followed, the producers inquired about the amount received for their Nishan film. ” 25,000,” Sanjeev told him.

The producer was surprised and told Sanjeev, “But I can only give you 10,000.” “I know,” replied Sanjeev. “You deducted when you saw me traveling in the bus.” 5,000″, and when I made the tea myself and gave it to you, you deducted another ” 5,000″. Now you are giving me the balance. But my price is still there 25,000.” A deal was struck and Sanjeev signed off on his price.

Nishan was not an ideal launchpad, but it gave Hari his next few films, which were released in 1967 and 68. These films featured costumes, swordfights and stunts and showcased Hari’s immense talent.

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