#BigInterview! Mumtaz: Shammi Kapoor forbade Raj Kapoor from casting me in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ | Hindi Movie News

#HugeInterview! Mumtaz: Shammi Kapoor forbade Raj Kapoor from casting me in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ | Hindi Movie News

It is all the time nice catching up with Mumtaz who set the screens on fireplace throughout her total tenure in Bollywood. This time was no exception. Here’s ETimes speaking to her at size about some very fascinating happenings in her skilled and private life. Read on:

We mentioned in your final interview with us that you simply have been reluctant to don a bikini for Feroz Khan’s ‘Apradh’?

I assumed I had fats thighs however males didn’t assume so. And, I even had a posh about my thighs. It was solely as a result of Feroz stated that I reserve the suitable to get it deleted if I don’t prefer it, that I agreed.

Yes, you had stated simply that. Taking that additional, did you lose any movie for refusing to put on a bikini?
No, that by no means occurred. I didn’t lose any movie due to that. I wore a swimsuit as a substitute every time I used to be requested to put on a bikini.


How a lot did cash imply to you? Did you lose any movie if you quoted your market worth?


I wasn’t from a crorepati household however I used to be introduced up with plenty of dignity. But when my mom obtained divorced, I made a decision that I’ll preserve my mom completely happy. Money isn’t all the things, however it is vital. I all the time needed to be the most effective. So, I didn’t wish to change my market worth for any filmmaker. Acting isn’t aloo-baingan (greens) that you simply discount for. Aaj bhi, I’m like that, if a filmmaker or a present can afford me, effectively and good, else khudahafiz.

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Which actor all the time got here late on the set?

Shatrughan Sinha even when he was doing ‘Ek Nanhi Nummi Ladki’ with me (smiles) and Rajesh Khanna. Shatru all the time stated ‘sorry’ and he stated it so sweetly that Allah bhi maaf kar deta (even God would forgive him). But Rajesh by no means stated ‘sorry’.

Was there a movie the place you have been promised lots however the celluloid had nothing a lot to depict?

‘Hare Rama Hare Krishna’. Dev saab stated that I’d be doing the principle position and the Zeenat Aman monitor of the hippies is barely a aspect story. But it went on to grow to be the alternative.

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Did you not less than ask him about it?

Kya poochti? (What might I ask?) He was such a candy man, all the time saying ‘Mumzy’ and showering love and care. He used to even name me and ask to decide on which colored handkerchief he ought to tie round his neck.

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The film went on to grow to be a brilliant hit and in hindsight, I can say that he did it for the betterment of the movie; there was a egocentric motive.

Which actor was the most effective dancer?

Jeetendra and Shashi Kapoor, unn dino mein aur dancers nahi the (there weren’t many heroes throughout my instances, who danced).


Let’s bounce slightly. Let me ask you in the event you would’ve achieved a ‘Helmet’ speaking about condoms or a ‘Pad Man’ speaking about sanitary napkins if that they had come to you in your instances?
It’s fairly a hypothetical query. Go to see, such topics weren’t even tried in my time. So I can’t reply this query. But frankly, I by no means did daring stuff. Like, I by no means kissed on display screen. Aaj kal to pata nahi kya kya karte hain (Nowadays, virtually each restrict has been crossed). Ab jo log ye daring kaam kar rahen hain, woh kar rahen hain. Main nahi kar sakti (Those who’re snug doing it, are doing it. Those who can’t, can’t). I’m fairly orthodox. I don’t assume the Madhvanis would have accepted me marrying Mayur if I had been daring on display screen.

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You haven’t achieved a facelift, proper? It’s so widespread in at present’s instances…

Iranian pores and skin doesn’t wrinkle. It’s hereditary. I fought most cancers and received. I apply little to no make-up. I had plenty of miscarriages. Over and above, just lately, I misplaced plenty of weight which I needed to lose. I don’t lie. I don’t cover issues. I’m 74 at present, so my mini-lift isn’t a giant deal in at present’s instances when individuals are doing so many beauty adjustments raste pe chalte chalte (very continuously).

We spoke about Shammi Kapoor eager to marry you and also you advised us why you didn’t. Feroz Khan too needed to marry you, proper?

The world needed to marry me however I needed to determine who I shall stay proud of. Shammi Kapoor was very loving and caring with me. Nobody would imagine that we have been in love. Nobody believed that I had stated ‘no’ to him for marriage as a result of Shammi’s standing in riches was larger; they stated ‘how can Mumtaz refuse Shammi?’. Today when I’m married to Mayur Madhvani who by the grace of God has cash, individuals imagine that I had refused Shammi.

Still, all stated and achieved, I don’t assume I’ve ever skilled a lot love as Shammi gave me.

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You spoke about why you didn’t marry Shammi Kapoor in our final interview. My earlier query really meant that, what was the explanation you stated ‘no’ to marrying Feroz?

Feroz by no means provided me marriage. He had a girlfriend, an Anglo Indian magnificence, from the times of ‘Main Shaadi Karne Chala’. She was a really stunning lady and he or she cherished him immensely. But I don’t know why they ultimately separated. So Feroz and I had grow to be excellent buddies and he shared virtually all the things with me. He was a person who would by no means share something with anyone; he was a proud man. But I’ve seen him even with tears in his eyes.

Okay now let me inform you that any lady would fall on Feroz and Shammi. To marry Feroz Khan was like leaping right into a lake. It was asking for a heartbreak. I had one with Shammi Kapoor and I didn’t need one other.

So I stored our relationship as a friendship. If it had gone the opposite method, it could have damaged and even the friendship wouldn’t have remained.

Our youngsters went on to marry one another, and our friendship remained until he died. He cherished me lots and belief me, Fardeen and Natasha (Feroz’s daughter) are very proud of one another.

In Mumtaz’s earlier interview achieved by this journalist and revealed on ETimes on December 27, 2020, Mumtaz had defined the explanation why she didn’t marry Shammi. For those that’ve are available in late, we reproduce Mumtaz’s words- “Kapoors didn’t prefer it if the bahus of their household have been within the movie line. Shammiji advised me that if I needed him to be proud of me, I must surrender my profession. Now at that younger age I used to be very formidable and needed to succeed in someplace. I needed to settle my household as effectively. Just to take a seat at dwelling didn’t go down with me.”

You did plenty of motion pictures with Rajesh Khanna. Weren’t you’ll attracted to one another?

You can’t fall in love with all people. Rajesh Khanna had a gentle lady in his life, Anju Mahendroo for 10 years. We all thought he would marry her however one positive morning he introduced that he’s marrying Dimpy (Dimple Kapadia) and shocked all people.

The director(s) you miss working with?

Mehboob Khan, Bimal Roy and Raj Kapoor. Well, Raj Kapoor needed to forged me as a trapeze artiste in ‘Mera Naam Joker’ (the position consequently achieved by a Russian lady). He had even taken my footage. But Shammi Kapoor forbade him by asking how he’d signal me after I was going to marry him and grow to be a Kapoor bahu. I attempted my greatest to persuade Raj Kapoor by telling him that I used to be not marrying Shammi. I used to be wanting so fairly in these footage. But Raj Kapoor wasn’t positive that I used to be telling him the reality, he in some way thought that I nonetheless would possibly marry Shammi.

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Your movie which you felt received’t run on the box-office?

‘Loafer’. I assumed kya hai ye, nahi chalegi (What is all of it about? It received’t click on). But I used to be unsuitable. Audience is unpredictable.

Did you may have somebody in your group who referred to as up the media to struggle if you had an issue with any story on you?

I by no means bothered about tales whether or not I’m doing a movie or not. I by no means bothered about individuals who even wrote I used to be unfortunate. But certainly one of them crossed the restrict. Film Columnist Devyani Chaubal had written that mere baap ka koi thikana nahi hai (there aren’t any whereabouts about my father). She used to put in writing sure issues and a hero had apparently even slapped her. She had no concept how my mother and father had separated and the place my father was. I referred to as up my Dad; he was in Hyderabad. He fortunately got here all the way down to Mumbai. I used to be engaged to Mayur then and we took Devyani to court docket. We made her apologise thrice in three successive columns.

Any co-star you didn’t get together with?

I obtained together with all my heroes. Recently, I visited Dharmendra. We spent plenty of time in nostalgia and revived many aged reminiscences.

What concerning the heroines?

Barring Waheeda Rehman who I obtained alongside very effectively with, the heroines by no means spoke to me- they only pulled up a chair and sat afar- not even a hiya. I don’t know why they did that. But I used to fortunately sit with my group dancers and share lunch. I loved my work. I didn’t sulk; in reality I by no means sulked.

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Most nice reminiscences?

The expertise of ‘Tere Mere Sapne’. Also, I like the best way Hema Malini remains to be working. I miss working within the business. It was a lot enjoyable.

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