Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released

Jan 15, 2017, 17:40 IST
  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Time Machine: As the name suggests, this Shekhar Kapur project was aimed to be a sci-fi adventure, inspired by ‘Back To The Future’. It had big names like Aamir Khan, Naseeruddin Shah and Raveena Tandon. Kapur left the film midway, and it was never completed owing to financial constraints
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    Chalak: In the year 1966, Madhubala was working on this film with Raj Kapoor. It was being hailed as her comeback venture, as her condition had improved somewhat following her prolonged struggle with a heart ailment. Sadly, a few days into the shooting, her health began to deteriorate again. The film had to be shelved, and it was never completed as Madhubala passed away a couple of years later. In pics: Raj Kapoor and Madhubala in ‘Do Ustaad’
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    Chor Mandali: This is believed to be among the last films that Raj Kapoor shot for as an actor. The movie also starred another legend, Ashok Kumar. The story revolved around Kapoor and Kumar trying to thwart a diamond heist. Although the film was completed, it was never released. ‘Chor Mandali’ has songs by Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi
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    Ladies Only: Completed in 1997, the movie produced by Kamal Haasan had Randhir Kapoor playing the lead role, that of a lustful boss, after a long time. Seema Biswas and Shilpa Shirodkar made up the principal cast while Haasan himself made a special appearance as a dead body
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  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Khabardar: A film based on mercy killing was in the making much before ‘Guzaarish’. In this 1984 movie, Amitabh was playing the doctor and Kamal Haasan the suffering patient. The film was left incomplete since the makers believed it might lead to an upheaval. In pics: Amitabh Bachchan and Kamal Haasan in ‘Geraftaar’
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  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Sarhad: The movie being filmed in 1976 was to mark J. P. Dutta’s debut as director. It had superstar Vinod Khanna in the lead and an interesting plot based on Indian prisoners of war. Financial woes brought the filming to a premature end
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    Devaa: Amitabh and Subhash Ghai have never collaborated till date. Well, they almost did. In the late 80’s, the showman had signed the angry young man for a dacoit-based movie. Following a high-profile mahurat though the film did not take off. It has been alleged that ego clashes between the two big names did not allow the story to blossom. In pic: Big B and Ghai with yesteryear actress Sulochana
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    Zoonie: In the late 80’s, Muzaffar Ali was keen to make a biopic on the life of Habba Khatoon, a peasant who married the last independent king of Kashmir, and chose Dimple Kapadia for the lead role. However, Ali couldn’t complete the film due to militancy in the region
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  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Subah Subah: This was among the few unknown films Aamir Khan shot for before ‘Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak’. Nothing much is known about this unreleased flick
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  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Shinaakht: The movie being directed by Tinnu had Big B as a secret agent and Madhuri Dixit as a college girl. The shooting was stopped only days after it began since the premise of the film turned out to be strikingly similar to another Bachchan film, ‘Ganga Jamunaa Saraswati’
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  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Kalinga: Many may not be aware that in the early 90’s thespian Dilip Kumar was directing this film, which dealt with the story of an honest judge and his errant sons. The shooting of the film went on and on, following which the producers lost interest
    10/20
  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Khuda Gawah: One ‘Khuda Gawah’ starring Amitabh Bachchan released. The other, which was being made a more than a decade earlier, was not competed. The unreleased film had Big B in a double role, one of them being a cowboy avatar
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  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Parinaam: Following her shocking demise, Divya Bharti was replaced by prominent leading ladies of the 90’s in some of her incomplete films. But she had so many movies in her kitty at the time of her death that some had to be shelved altogether. ‘Parinaam’, which was to star future superstar Akshay Kumar opposite Bharti, was one of them
    12/20
  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Ek Aur Faulad: It is a known fact that Sunil Shetty made a successful debut with ‘Balwaan’. Before that however, he had signed a film named ‘Ek Aur Faulad’ that was to be directed by David Dhawan, and was supposed to be an action thriller. The project wasn’t destined to take off
    13/20
  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Dus: An ambitious venture of director Mukul Anand, the film remained incomplete due to his untimely death during its making. Starring Sanjay Dutt and Salman Khan, ‘Dus’ had Indo-Pak relations as the theme, specifically focussing on the terrorism angle
    15/20
  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Paanch: This is arguably the most popular unreleased Bollywood flick. Anurag Kashyap’s controversial film starring Kay Kay Menon, Vijay Maurya and Tejaswini Kolhapure dealt with the story of a rock band, whose members get entangled in drugs, robbery and murder. The censor has refused to clear the film stating it’s unsuitable for viewing. Kashyap, on the other hand, has not agreed to make modifications to the original film. Pic/ Santa Banta
    16/20
  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Let's Catch Veerappan: Ram Gopal Varma sure has an unlucky bone in his body. He was making a black comedy centring on Veerappan. Sadly, the sandalwood smuggler was killed on the very first day of RGV’s film shoot. His death killed the film as well
    17/20
  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Bandhua: Another Bachchan starrer from the late 80’s that did not take off. The movie about bonded labourers was being directed by J.P. Dutta while Waheeda Rehman and Pooja Bedi were also roped in
    18/20
  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    Love in Bombay: In 1971, the late Joy Mukherjee starred in this film with Waheeda Rehman. Joy played a character inspired by the humourous Australian flick ‘Crocodile Dundee’ while Rehman portrayed a city girl. Joy’s son stumbled upon this film following his father’s death. It has been restored and is likely to release on February 24, which is also Joy’s birthday. The movie has a peppy number by Kishore Kumar
    19/20
  • Sunday rewind: Bollywood films that never released
    It was recently reported that as many as 30 films starring Naseeruddin Shah remain unreleased. One of the many (untitled) was directed by Mrinal Sen and starred Om Puri and Shabana Azmi. In an interview, Shah revealed that he and Puri had grown a beard for nearly a year for the movie since they had to look like cavemen
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Not all Bollywood films that kicked off with big stars reached their desired conclusion. Here’s a lowdown on some movies that did not release owing to varied reasons

 

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