While signing for multiple films in Bollywood usually is a good sign for an actor, there is no sense of surety that all films end up releasing on the scheduled date. Some films get delayed by a year or two and some take even longer, unfortunately among the lot, there are films that never end up seeing the light of the day.
Here is a list of films that were abandoned or weren’t released for some reason or the other.
Almost ten years ago, Amitabh Bachchan was approached by Percept Picture Company to act in a film directed by Shoojit Sircar. Called Johnny Walker back then, the film never saw the light of the day. Sircar then sold the film rights to UTV Motion Pictures and renamed it Shoebite. Unfortunately, what stalled it was a huge legal battle between the two media houses, in the middle of this chaos, Shoebite, although complete has still not been given a go-ahead. Last we heard, Bachchan tweeted a post demanded the release of the film but to no avail.
T 2753 – PLEASE .. PLEASE … PLEASE .. Utv & Disney , or whoever else has it .. Warners , whoever .. JUST RELEASE THIS FILM .. !! lot of hard labour been put in .. don’t KILL creativity !! pic.twitter.com/wSlpABMkx6
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 24, 2018
2. Apna Paraya
Before Do Anjaane, Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha were supposed to star together in Apna Paraya. However, at the time, the two actors were newcomers in the industry and this project sadly never materialised. Although, four years later, the duo did end up sharing screen space in Do Anjaane.
A star cast with the likes of Aamir Khan, Raveena Tandon, and Naseeruddin Shah, the film was going to center around the idea of time travel. The movie was helmed by Shekhar Kapur who filmed most of the film before abandoning it for bigger projects that came his way.
Starring Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit, the film was unfortunately abandoned midway because of major budget issues. The film, Zameen was helmed by Ramesh Sippy. With a star cast that also included Vinod Khanna and Sanjay Dutt, we wonder how the film would have turned out.
There was a time when Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt were going to star in the much-awaited film directed by Mukul S. Anand, called Dus. The film would have been about two Indian agents who were trying to prevent an Indo-Pak war. However, the untimely death of the director Mukul Anand on the sets left the film as it is.
Manmohan Desai and Amitabh Bachchan were going to star in a film called, Sarfarosh. Amitabh Bachchan was going to play the role of a convict in the film. Constituting a talented cast with the likes of Parveen Babi, Rishi Kapoor, Kader Khan, and Shakti Kapoor, it’s strange that the film never hit theatres.
7. Munna Bhai Amreeka
Post two successful Munna Bhai films in a row, the makers, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Rajkumar Hirani were aiming for a third one, to make the series a trilogy. In fact, they even released a trailer in anticipation back in 2007. However, Dutt was soon served a jail sentence, and filmmakers weren’t too happy with the premise of the film. The film was abandoned only to be picked up later with a different premise entirely, and we wonder if that version ever releases.
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