When Rajesh Khanna was roped in to play desi James Bond

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Hindi cinema has at all times been fascinated with James Bond so though we by no means had our personal 007, we absolutely tried to spin completely different variations of the character over the many years. In 1974, Bollywood’s reigning celebrity Rajesh Khanna was roped in to play the function of the Indian Bond in Narendra Bedi’s movie 007, which was shelved after a couple of days of taking pictures.

Besides Rajesh Khanna as a global superspy, 007 additionally starred Padmini Kapila, Katy Mirza, Aruna Irani, Asrani, AK Hangal and Prem Chopra. RD Burman was roped in to compose the music.

Prem Chopra, who was a part of the 007 forged, informed indianexpress.com, “007 was a very interesting film. I have no clue why it got shelved. It had Rajesh Khanna playing desi Bond, and I was supposed to the villain. Both of us worked on 25 films together, and 20 of them were superhits. This film deserved to do well too, but nonetheless, all I remember is that Rajesh Khanna was a superstar and he was great in this film. I had a wonderful time working with him and Narinder ji in 007.”

While Rajesh Khanna’s 007 by no means noticed the sunshine of day, he performed the function of a spy in movies like The Train (1970), the place he performed a CID agent and Chakravyuh (1978), the place he’s compelled to turn into a spy.

(With inputs from Komal RJ Panchal)

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