Why Did Tinnu Anand & Amitabh Bachchan Fight On The Sets Of “Kaalia”?

Tinnu almost decided to leave this direction industry after his fight with Amitabh Bachchan over a dialogue.

Tinnu Anand is prominently known for being Amitabh Bachchan’s director. Tinnu and Amitabh worked together on many projects. In fact, Amitabh Bachchan’s debut movie “Saat Hindustani” was first offered to Tinnu Anand. Later, he joined Satyajit Ray for direction and Big B’s career took a fascinating turn, and he became a Bollywood superstar. Later, Tinnu Anand directed his first film “Kaalia” where Amitabh played the lead role. But do you know, during that film, Tinnu Anand had his first professional argument and that too with Amitabh Bachchan? Yes, Amitabh Bachchan and Tinnu Anand argued with each other over a single dialogue.

In an exclusive flashback interview with Lehren, Tinnu Anand recalled the incident on the sets of the movie “Kaalia”. The movie was written by Tinnu Anand and his father, famous screenwriter Inder Raaj Anand. Talking about this, Tinnu said, “My father was a writer, and he never allowed any actor to change his dialogues. Then it maybe Dilip Kumar Sahab or anyone else. So we used to be alert. If any actor puts a comma between sentences or adds a full stop to any sentence, eventually he would scold me. So I was very strong in this ‘what my father has written that has to be said.” In such situations, Amitabh denied to use one dialogue in the movie, which was really important for director Tinnu. Amitabh Bachchan said “Mein yeh dialogue nahi bolunga”. For that one dialogue, Tinnu Anand sat with his father till 3 am because he wanted a dialogue which would get major appreciation by audiences. Tinnu told him that he knew he would get claps from the audience for that one dialogue. Amitabh replied to him saying, “Every director tells me that you will get claps from audiences for this dialogue, but when I actually go there to see it  ‘Taali illa’ (no claps).”

The temperature was getting really high and no one stepped back from the argument. Tinnu Anand swore to his mother and profession and said, “Agar mujhe taali nahi mili, mein yeh profession chhod dunga. Par aapko bhi kasam khani padegi, agar mujhe taali mil gayi toh aap apna profession chhod denge. (If dialogue doesn’t receive claps in theatres, I will leave this profession. But you have to swear that if dialogue receives appreciation from the audience, you will leave your profession.)” Tinnu then left the set but eventually Big B agreed upon using that dialogue. He said, “Bahot dhit kisam ka director hai, dialogue bulawake hi rahega.” But indeed that dialogue got claps from audiences in theaters.

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