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49 years of ‘Chupke Chupke’: Rare and unknown facts


Chupke Chupke

,’ starring



Sharmila Tagore


Amitabh Bachchan

, and Jaya Bachchan, celebrated its 49th anniversary. Based on a Bengali movie, initially,

Vinod Mehra

, Maushmi Chatterjee, and a new pair were considered. However, Amitabh and

Jaya Bachchan

volunteered, requesting a new setup. Rumors suggested the couple worked for minimum pay for

Hrishikesh Mukherjee


Jaya Bachchan was Hrishi Da’s favorite and like a daughter to him. She did ‘Guddi’ and ‘Bawarchi’ with him. Jaya and Amitabh did ‘Abhimaan,’ ‘Mili,’ and ‘Chupke Chupke’ with the director. Amitabh did “Anand” and “Namak Haram” with Hrishi Da. Amitabh Bachchan also gave the voice-over for ‘Bawarchi.’ Dharmendra and Sharmila Tagore had worked with Hrishi Da in ‘Satyakam.’ That’s how these four stars came together for ‘Chupke Chupke.’

When Jaya Bachchan addressed husband Amitabh Bachchan’s love affair rumours with Rekha: ‘My life would have been hell if…’

The film was shot at NC Sippy’s bungalow in Juhu where films such as ‘Satte Pe Satta’ and ‘Inkaar’ were shot. Later, Amitabh Bachchan bought that bungalow and named it Jalsa. Quite a few Sippy films were shot there, and it was called Bindiya back in the day.

The film was a comedy and had great wordplay. In 1989, on the day of the solar eclipse, the government showed this film on television so that people wouldn’t step out of their houses.

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