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Director Subhash Ghai had planned an ambitious war film with three of the biggest Bollywood superstars -- Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan -- but he had to shelve it.

The director said he had even a title for the film, which was to be called Mother Land.

"In 2003, I wanted to start a war film called 'Mother Land', where I had cast Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. The script was ready and three songs were also recorded, but at the last minute Shah Rukh backed out," Ghai says in a PTI interview.

The filmmaker, who has previously worked with Shah Rukh in the 1997 hit film Pardes, said the superstar wanted a solo-hero project back then and hence the dream project could not go on floors.

"He (Shah Rukh) felt there are so many characters in the film. He wanted to do a solo hero film then, but mine was not.

It was a story of Dilip saab, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh. On my wish list were also Aishwarya Rai, Priety Zinta and Mahima Chaudhry for the film but that's destiny," he says.

Mother Land did not take off but there was another film, called Shikhar, that Ghai had planned to make with Shah Rukh. However, that also got shelved, thus giving birth to "Pardes".

"Before 'Pardes' I had designed a film called 'Shikhar', staring Jackie Shroff and Shah Rukh, where we were to cast a new girl. It was a love story with a war backdrop. We had done our muhurat too and recorded a song after signing A R Rahman," he says.

"'Ishq bina kya jeena yaaro' was a song from 'Shikhar' (which eventually became one of the most popular songs from his 'Taal'). But when 'Trimurti' (1995) released and flopped, the media and distributors said 'how could you give a flop after ten hits? You better retire'!" he says.

The phase put Ghai and his team in confusion, as they decided to scrap the ambitious war film and instead focused on making a "small film."

"My team thought, since 'Shikhar' was a very big war film with huge investment, let's make a small budget film. I thought let's make a small film, which happened to be 'Pardes', shoot within a year and come back to 'Sikhar' later," Ghai says.

When Pardes released and became a hit, Ghai moved on to helm Taal (1999).

The 72-year-old filmmaker recently showcased Pardes at New Excelsior Cinema, acquired by Mukta A2 Cinema, a branch of Ghai's Mukta Arts.
Source Link: http://www.news18.com/amp/news/movies/when-shah-rukh-khan-backed-out-of-a-film-starring-dilip-kumar-and-amitabh-bachchan-1571281.html
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Clearly lost a chance to watch Big B and Dilip saab after Shakti in a frame

answered by Assistant Director (47.1k points)
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Ghai sahab had already lost his magic by then. good that this didn't go through.

answered by Unit Manager (33.1k points)

Was planned post Yaadein fiasco. It would've been the same issue as it was during post Trimurti.

Also, chances are high, Shikhar plot to have been used extensively on Dilip-BigB-Srk project. Financially it wouldn't have worked out.

Srk did take a perfect decision back then. Hope he gets back to that form with Dwarf & post Dwarf.


me too hoping, though not expecting.

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I have heard about this movie. SRK did the right thing since Ghai was falling into a spiral after Yaadein. But....had it got made with someone else, seeing the legend Dilip Kumar and SRK together.....what a treat it would have been

answered by Producer (102k points)