Celebrating 30 years since its release, Abbas-Mustan’s iconic film “Baazigar” featuring Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty, and Kajol, took an unexpected turn during its trial show. Initially released in 1993, the film marked a pivotal moment for Shah Rukh Khan as he embraced an anti-hero role for the first time, creating a lasting impact on Bollywood. However, the trial show revealed a perplexing response from the audience, questioning the motive behind SRK’s character, Ajay Sharma, killing Shilpa Shetty’s character, Seema.
The Plot Adjustment
In response to the audience confusion, Abbas-Mustan decided to tweak the film’s plot, introducing an additional layer to the narrative. The filmmakers incorporated a subplot involving the son seeking revenge for his father. Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, who portrayed Shah Rukh Khan’s father in the film, shared insights into how this modification came about. He revealed that the filmmakers conducted a trial show, where the audience raised concerns about Shah Rukh Khan seemingly “just killing girls” without a clear reason. This prompted the inclusion of the father’s track, injecting a new perspective and garnering sympathy for Shah Rukh’s character, ultimately allowing him to “get away with murder” on-screen.
Ananth Narayan Mahadevan shared his experience of being cast in “Baazigar” after the film’s completion, shedding light on the filmmakers’ decision-making process. Despite initial uncertainty about his role in the film, Mahadevan received a call from the filmmakers’ assistant, leading to a meeting where he learned about the trial show’s feedback and the subsequent modification of the plot.
Impact on the Film
The addition of the father’s track not only provided a logical explanation for Shah Rukh Khan’s character’s actions but also generated empathy among the audience. This adjustment played a crucial role in ensuring the success and enduring legacy of “Baazigar.”
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