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Raj Kapoor had once said that every film has its own destiny that takes inspiration from some inner being. However, sometimes the film-maker takes his or her conscience on the sidelines and takes another route. In this process he himself becomes the determinant of his destiny. Sometimes he makes a destiny, sometimes he spoils it.
During the shooting of the film 'Kabhi Kabhi' in Kashmir, Yash Chopra thought of launching his first assistant Ramesh Talwar as a director and asked him to plan his first film. Talwar decided to make a story narrated by a special friend the subject of the film. This story was of a 'second lady' who inadvertently gets in the middle of the love story of a young couple. The woman is attracted to the young man because he has many similarities to her lover, who has died in a car accident.
'Doosra Aadmi', which was released in September 1977, has a heartache as well as a story of heartbreak. In the film, Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh are married that the 'other woman' comes into their life.
Ramesh Talwar wanted to take Sharmila
Talwar wanted to cast Sharmila Tagore as this other woman. But as soon as Rakhi came to know about this role, she presented herself in such a way that the director Talwar did not remain impressed by her. This is how Rakhi entered the film. Shashi Kapoor was roped in for a guest appearance as an actor like him was needed to show similarity with his nephew Rishi Kapoor.
Several issues were raised in the film
The 'second man' movie touched on many social and psychological issues such as marriage, extramarital affairs, working women, single women, professional attachments, mental health issues such as neglect, depression, loneliness etc. The film was highly praised, but it did not show any special feat at the box office.
One reason for this was the bold theme of the film. The second reason was that the audience did not accept Rakhi in the role of a house breaking woman who was praised as Mamatamayi's mother in Tapasya a year ago. And this is where I remember Raj Kapoor's theory of conscience.
Had Ramesh Talwar replaced Sharmila Tagore in place of Rakhi, would the result have been different? The answer may or may not be yes, but if the director heeded the producer's advice to change the film's climax, the result would have been different.
Bhavana Somaya, noted film writer, critic and historian
Lack of experience overshadows better decisions
Sometimes the lack of experience prevents making better decisions, as happened with this film. But at times, inexperience does not stop us from crossing the barriers, as we have in the example of Ayushmann Khurrana, whose birthday is on September 14. His career seems like a fairytale.
When he appeared as an anchor on the television show Roadies, he got a chance to work in the film 'Vicky Donor', due to the talent of singing. After this, many such films have been deposited in his account one by one which have distinguished him as the 'common man' of today.
Changed the face of middle class society
Unlike Amol Palekar, the middle-class face of 70s cinema, Ayushmann's 'Aam Aadmi' is complex and often irrelevant. There is a feeling of insecurity in his characters. Hence the broken self-esteem in 'Dum Laga Ke Haisha', the shattered confidence in 'Bareilly Ki Barfi', the frowned-in impotence in 'Shubh Mangal Savdhan', the confused in 'Badhaai Ho', the 'Bala' Isolated and as angry in 'Gulabo Sitabou'. Did Ayushman know very well what impact his characters would have on the audience? I don't think because by the time an actor gets cast in an image, he has already crossed half way to his success. If Ayushman had thought about his creative choices and their impact in advance, he would probably have been more frightened. Ayushmann was able to do so much because he managed to shed himself with the flow.