Its amazing how good Sridevi and Salman Khan looked together in the awful, awful film Chand Ka Tukda (1994)! How this poorly executed film came together is far more interesting than the film itself. But barely, so bare with me:
Following the wildly (and surprising!) successful run of Sanam Bewafaa (1991), the Muslim social released during Eid, Khan and Saawan Kumar Tak (director/producer/writer) wanted to collaborate on a follow-up. The lead actress of Sanam Bewafaa was the one-hit wonder Chandni who within two years, quit the scene after failing to attain star status in her ensuing films (which included highly forgettable appearances in Mr.Azaad, 1942 - A Love Story and Aaja Sanam).
The hunt for a lead actress was on; Saawan Kumar Tak did countless auditions, there were major adverts put in the papers for a 'chand ka tukda' and yet both parties [Salman Khan had a major say by then on who his co-star would be] couldn't reach an agreement on the heroine.
Meanwhile, Lamhe was released where Sridevi played a college grad in the latter half of the film. Though the film didn't do much at the box-office in India, the movie garnered a cult-like following and many within the industry absolutely loved it - including Tak and Khan. Sridevi's performance was a tour-de-force, an award-winning stint that yet again proved she was an actress beyond compare.
|Sridevi, Amitabh Bachchan and Salman Khan |
at the launch of Chand Ka Tukda
As Sridevi said in film magazines, both director and actor chased her down to star in the film. With a title role, a popular, rising star and in the wake of Sanam Bewafaa's massive success at the box-office, there were few reasons to decline the offer. Sri accepted.
Tragically, the unscripted film (odd considering Saawan Kumar Tak is a fine writer and excellent lyricist) was a royal mess that took long in the making and crashed at the box-office. A double whammy followed as Chandramukhi - written by Salman Khan no less! - was released within weeks and also bombed; thereby ending any film with Sri and Salman.
Here's one for wishful thinking.