Facts About Chupke Chupke As It Turns 46 On April 11

1.     Chupke Chupke  was a  comedy of errors, a remake  of a 1971 Bengali film Chhadmabeshi about a  man who must pose as  his wife’s chauffeur to hide his identity from  her brother-in-law.  It  was  the  biggest  hit of the  prolific director Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s career, and one  of the  three releases he had in 1975 alongside Mili and Chaitali.

2.     Hrishida directed Chupke Chupke  and Chaitali simultaneously  on  two floors of Film City, both starring the same leading man Dharmendra who did one shot with Saira Banu  in Chaitali and rushed to do another with Sharmila Tagore in Chupke Chupke.

3.     This  was the  third film that Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore did together  for Hrishikesh  Mukherjee.  Dharamji recalls the  fun they had.  “Anupama and Satyakam were very serious subjects. Chupke Chupke  was  fun all the way. Kab shuroo hua aur kab khatam pataa  bhi nahin chala.”

4.     Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bhaduri had brief roles, almost guest appearances which they did for  the sake  of  the  director.Om Prakash , Usha Kirron and even Asrani had more footage than the Bachchans.In fact the  most important character in  Chupke Chupke was played by character-actor Om Prakash.

5.     After Yeh dosti hum nahin todenge in Sholay  composed  by Rahul Dev Burman  Hrishikesh  Mukherjee wanted to shoot another fun song with  Dharmendra and Amitabh Bachchan in  Chupke  Chupke .  RD’s  father  composer Sachin Dev Burman  came  up with Sa re ga  ma in the  voices of Kishore Kumar and Mohd Rafi. This  was   a rare coming together of  the two singing legends.

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