As large as it could be, there was no canvas big enough to behold the grandeur of Khuda Gawah, which at the time, had Bollywood's biggest names associated with it. From leading superstars Amitabh Bachchan and Sridevi, to the biggest director at the time Mukul Anand (who went on to win Best Director award later), the powerful musical combo of Laxmikant Pyarelal who often collaborated with lyricist Anand Bakshi.
Tips audio was shaking up the musical monopoly that was led by HMV and T-Series and had grabbed the biggest film of the decade for its portfolio. The title song, the melanchoic Tu Na Ja Mere Baadshah and the dulcet duet Mere watan Mein were all chart-toppers.
At the event, with his suit and shades, Bachchan Snr was stylin' back in the day. The Khan troika was far, far away in the horizon and there was/is no one bigger than Big B. Queen of the marquee, Sridevi, dressed in a simple sari with her hair pulled back was as gracious as she could be. As overwhelming as she can be on the big-screen, she was as simple and down-to-earth as she could be off it, notably shy and demure away from the limelight. Famously she shunned the party scene but would make rare, all too brief appearances at audio launches and premieres. Southern sensation Nagarjuna was stepping into the spot light in Bollywood, having stepped into a role left behind by Sanjay Dutt.
The film released in the summer of '92 (8 May, 1992) and went on to find critical and box-office success.
|Amitabh Bachchan, Ramesh and Kumar Taurani and Sridevi|
|Nagarjuna, Director Mukul Anand, Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan, music director Laxmikant and lyricist Anand Bakshi|
Amitabh Bachchan on shooting a Bollywood film in Afghanistan
Khuda Gawah reviewed by New York Times
High Praise for Sridevi by 'g' magazine: And the Award Goes to: Sridevi
A comprehensive collection of images from the film Khuda Gawah here.