When Amitabh Bachchan’s mom instructed Khuda Gawah producer about bringing him back safe, gave threats
Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan’s mother Teji Bachchan and late actor Sridevi’s mother Rajeshwari had once compelled producer Manoj Desai for shooting his movie Khuda Gawah in Afghanistan. In a fresh interview, Manoj remembered that Teji had told him if Amitabh’s wife, actor Jaya Bachchan became a widow then Manoj’s wife would come to be one too. Sridevi’s mother told him to stay back in Kabul if anything should occur to her daughter. She had also terrified to get him killed if he came back without Sri.
Khuda Gawah (1992) was largely shot in and around Afghanistan cities of Kabul and Mazar-i-Sharif. Mohammad Najibullah, who was then the President of Afghanistan, delivered security during the 18-day shooting of the movie in 1991. The movie is penned and helmed by Mukul S Anand. It srars Amitabh Bachchan, Sridevi, Nagarjuna, Shilpa Shirodkar, Danny Denzongpa, and Kiran Kumar.
In an conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Manoj told, “Amitabh Bachchan’s mother Teji Bachchan ji had warned me that ‘Agar Amit ko kuch bhi hota hai aur agar Jaya ne safed saare peheni, toh teri wife Kalpana bhi safed saree pehengi. Tu idhar aana hi nahi wapis (If anything happens to Amit and Jaya has to wear a white saree, then your wife too will wear a white saree. You don’t bother to come back)’!”
He further revealed, “Even Sridevi’s mother gave a warning that ‘Manoj bhai, agar Sri ko kuch hua, toh Kabul se wapis mat aana. Tumhara khoon karwa dungi main idhar (Manoj brother, if anything happens to Sri, then don’t come back from Kabul. I’ll get you murdered here)’! So, you can imagine how risky it was. However, Amitabh Bachchan wanted an authentic location for the shoot.”
In 2010 news agency PTI, had stated Amitabh as speaking about the shooting of the movie, “Najibullah, the former President of Afghanistan was a great fan of Hindi films and he had urged Indian Government to arrange our visit to the country. When we were discussing the script of Khuda Gawah, I said let us go to Afghanistan to shoot. We went to Mazar-e-Sharif to shoot the sequence of traditional Afghan spot of Buzkashi. The President provided us excellent security when the shooting was on. Fighter Jet planes were keeping vigil in the sky and Army tanks were at the side of the sets. It just felt like a battle field.”