25 years of 'Baazigar': how it spelt success for SRK, Shilpa and Kajol

He is known as the King of Romance, but it was his villainous role in the 1993 film 'Baazigar' which garnered superstar Shah Rukh Khan a huge fame and stardom.

As Abbas-Mustan directorial film completed 25 years on Monday, Shah Rukh took to Instagram to treat his fans with a video in which he can be seen reciting the famous dialogue from the film: "Kabhi Kabhi jeetne ke liye kuch haarna bhi padta hai ... aur haar kar jeetne waale ko baazigar kehte hai (Sometimes to win you must lose something... and one who wins from a losing position is called a gambler)". Along with the video, the 53- year-old wrote: "25 years of 'Baazigar'. A film that defines my career and gave me lifelong friends..."

He also thanked the directors and his co-stars Kajol and Shilpa Shetty, who played pivotal roles in the film. The film also marked Shilpa's Bollywood debut.

Earlier, in an interview Shilpa had revealed that how the reigning superstar Sridevi was initially roped in for the film and later how Kajol and Shilpa entered into limelight.

"Sridevi ji was supposed to play a double role in the film. But that did not work out, and two leading ladies were roped in later — me and Kajol. Shah Rukh Khan, too, wasn’t a huge superstar then; Kajol’s debut film 'Bekhudi' (1992), too, hadn’t worked, and I was a newcomer, so it was a gamble of sorts. But once the film released, the three of us became stars. Even before 'Baazigar' had released, Ratan Jain, the producer of the film, signed me for a three-film deal. First was 'Baazigar', second was 'Main Khiladi Tu Anari' (1994) and the third was 'Dhadkan' (2000) — all three turned out to be the biggest hits of my career,” Shilpa was quoted as saying.

Although the pooja of the film was done in December 1992, the shooting of 'Baazigar' hit a roadblock after communal riots broke in different parts of the country post the demolition of Babri Masjid on December 6. The film was earlier set to release in June-July and was later pushed to November. Released on November 12, 1993, the Bollywood thriller was reportedly turned down by Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor too.

"We had a hero playing a negative role. Though it led to the hit pairing of Shah Rukh and Kajol, it was not a romantic film. But it all worked well," Mustan had told PTI.

Describing SRK as a director's actor, Mustan says, "He used to shoot one scene in four-five different ways. He has a huge range as an actor." Giving the example of a scene, where SRK kills Resham Tipnis (Shilpa Shetty's friend), who had photographs as evidence to unmask him, Mustan says, "We told him that he should keep the photograph in his pocket. Shah Rukh instead thought of tearing the photo and putting it in his mouth. There were things which he did spontaneously."

There have been rumours about the sequel to 'Baazigar' but 'Mustan' is happy that the film is relevant even today and a part two can only be made if they come across a great story.


Release: November 12, 1993

Director: Abbas-Mustan

Screenplay: Robin Bhatt, Akash Khurana, Javed Siddiqui

Music: Anu Malik

Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Kajol, Sidharth Ray, Rakhee Gulzaar

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