23 years of An­jaam

As the Shah Rukh Khan-Mad­huri Dixit film com­pletes 23 years to­day, di­rec­tor Rahul Rawail shares anec­dotes

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While grow­ing up in the 90s, one must have been a fan of tracks, such as, Chane Ke Khet Mein and Badi Mushkil Hai that fea­tured in the film, An­jaam (1994). As the thriller com­pletes 23 years to­day, di­rec­tor Rawail ex­claims in won­der, “Woah! It has been over two decades?”

Go­ing down mem­ory lane, the di­rec­tor rem­i­nisces, “When­ever a film­maker thinks about the film that he has al­ready made, the first thought that comes to his mind is that he could have made it bet­ter. I am no dif­fer­ent. An­jaam was an in­ter­est­ing project. It feels great when peo­ple talk about it even to­day. I re­mem­ber when Su­tanu Gupta and Gau­tam Ra­jad­hyak­sha ap­proached me with the story, I in­stantly liked their idea.”

This was the first film, where Mad­huri Dixit and Shah Rukh Khan were cast as the lead pair. And af­ter Darr and Baazi­gar (1993), Shah Rukh was again seen play­ing a neg­a­tive role. Talk­ing about the lead pair, Rawail says, “It was won­der­ful di­rect­ing them. They were al­ways ready to go to any ex­tent to make their part look con­vinc­ing. Why just them, I would also like to men­tion Deepak Ti­jori [who played Mad­huri’s hus­band in the film]. Not ev­ery­one was keen but he agreed and I think Deepak was per­fect.”

Talk­ing about the cli­max, Rawail shares, “The end­ing was dif­fer­ent. Only Shah Rukh’s char­ac­ter was

sup­posed to die But while work­ing, we felt Mad­huri’s char­ac­ter must meet the same fate, as that would add to the plot and ap­peal.”

Af­ter An­jaam, Rawail again wanted to work with Shah Rukh and Mad­huri, but says he never got script that was good enough for both of them.


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