|Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit; Bollywood royalty|
In Indian cinema, this was probably the biggest premiere of the 1990s... if not all-time!
The A-list of Bollywood turned up for the highly anticipated first screening of the Hindi film Roop ki Rani Choron ka Raja on April 16, 1993. Every star worth their mettle turned up looking their glamorous best. Be it other film directors, legendary actors, actresses, singers (even the nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar attended though she didn't sing a single song in the film!), the who's who and creme de la creme of Mumbai / Bollywood turned up.
Shame the movie received a critical drumming and lukewarm response at the box-office, where the media went on to state, "Flop film, Super-hit Premier!"
The film did have some amazing moments - especially by Sridevi. Her comic scenes and her song and dance sequences were superb. For those who remember, there's a lengthy train robber scene that measures up... but overall, the film is exhausting. A few memorable skits do not make a memorable movie.
If the director is the caption of the ship, then this one sank like the Titanic thanks to the shoddy direction of... Satish Kaushik. A fine character actor and comedian no doubt, Kaushik has never made a good film. Ever. Just about every film of his has been deeply flawed, despite his often A-list cast. His roster of films - shockingly he did indeed go on to make several other films despite the overwhelming flop that was Roop Ki Rani... - are a litany of duds.
Back to this memorable night; another wow moment was of course, Sridevi meeting former Queen Bee Rekha and succeeding one Madhuri the same night. A frame of all three together would have been... miraculous! But for now, here's what we have from that evening.