The fist-ever superstar of Bollywood Rajesh Khanna met with an equally-endowed ‘Angry Young Man’ Amitabh Bachchan. The duo had shared the screen many-a-times since Hrishikesh Mukherji’s Anand (1971). This was followed by other films like Guddi, and Namak Haraam.
There were times when together they spread the aura of optimism through their flair. Then suddenly came a phase when the two geniuses ceased to share the screen any more.
Well, many film-theorists relate it to the egotism of Kaka, that he wouldn’t tolerate another icon as his co-star. Although he never admitted it, but it could be perceived from the days of shooting of Hrishikesh Mukherji’s film Namak Haraam in 1973. It was a time when Amitabh Bachchan had already gained the figure of ‘Angry Young Man’ of Zanjeer. Previously when the duo appeared in Anand, Bachchan was still an edgy newcomer. So, a bitter sense of rivalry began to be noticed between the duo when it was paired again in this movie.
No wonder what ensued further, but after this film, the two ace artists soon parted their ways. They never appeared together in any movie after that.
However, Big-B stills admits that when he made his way to Bollywood, after Dilip Kumar it was Kaka who became his inspiration. Going by a previous source he had said
“Kaka doesn’t know this, but when I was working in Calcutta and keen to join films, the inspiration to get into films was Mr. Raiesh Khanna.”
“When Hrishida asked me to work with Raiesh Khanna in Anand.It was a dream come true for me because there was this great admiration for Kaka and his phenomenal success.”
No matter how much distance has occurred between this popular duo, it still remains one of the legends in Bollywood.