When Jaya Prada was made to stand on one leg in high fever after reporting 5 minutes late for shooting: ‘I started crying’

Jaya Prada’s one of the most popular Hindi films is Sharaabi, a 1984 release that saw her share the screen space with legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan. In an old interview with Doordarshan, Jaya Prada talked about Sharaabi and her comeback film Khakee (2004). “Sharabi is the most memorable film of my life,” Jaya said, adding that when she first met Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of the film, she was very nervous. “I was very nervous, because he is a master of the language. I did not know Hindi very well back then. The moment we started shooting, he supported me so much, ‘she recalls.

She said she had been a “fan of him since my childhood,” which is why “it was a dream come true for me to work with him in the film.” “I was so happy. It became a blockbuster,” she continued.

amitabh bachchan jaya prada A still from Aakhree Raasta. (Photo: Express Archive)

Speaking about what she learned from Big B, Jaya Prada said, “I learned discipline, determination from him.” As the conversation progressed, Jaya Prada explained that every movie she did with Amitabh Bachchan was a hit. In addition to Sharaabi, Jaya and Amitabh shared the screen space in Gangaa Jamunaa Saraswati, Aaj Ka Arjun, Insaniyat and Indrajeet to name a few. “Amitji is my lucky co-star. Every movie I have done with him is a hit.”

“Amitji is a towering personality. He has contributed greatly to the Hindi film industry. Every time he steps on the sets, he is as sincere and committed as if it were his first film. He never makes his co “Star the feeling that he is a big star. He makes his co-star very pleasant. He is like a guide and we can learn so much from him. He is a unique personality,” Jaya praised the actor.

Jaya also recalled her most difficult experience on shoot. The actor said that shooting for a song in D Ramanaidu production, titled Agni Poolu was quite a challenge. The film, based on Yaddanapudi Sulochana Rani’s novel of the same name, was also an adaptation of V Shantaram’s Jal Bin Machhli Nritya Bin Bijli. Jaya recalled shooting for a song in which she had to dance like a snake, Jaya said she felt offended when the director asked if she could try the dance. “I got tears in my eyes,” she said. The shooting, however, was not a smooth experience.

“When I went to rehearsals, I was sick. I had 103 temperatures. The choreographer was a strict master. When I came in, I was just five minutes late where he punished me for half an hour on one leg. I started to cry because I was not well. He realized and finally, we started rehearsing. During the rehearsals, because I had to move like a snake all the time, my back was swollen terrible fall.I had to eat myself like a snake because I would break when shooting.It was hard.But when the movie came out people were praising me.It was a hit.That, it felt it all worthy, “she concluded.

Jaya Prada was last seen on Hunarbaaz: Desh Ki Shaan as a guest.


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