28 years ago, the blockbuster Mohra, directed by Rajiv Rai, was released on July 1 and it was the second biggest hit of 1994 after Hum Aapke Hain Koun. Starring Akshay Kumar, Suniel Shetty, Raveena Tandon and Naseeruddin Shah, the film is remembered for many reasons, including the music. Raveena went into a different league after Mohra thanks to her sizzling and glamorous appearance in ‘Tip Tip Barsa Paani’ and ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast’. Many actresses must have felt jealous to see how much she benefited from this film and how she is still known as the ‘Mast Mast Girl’. Hence, it’ll be a surprise for fans to know that a few heroines had turned down the film initially.28 Years of Mohra EXCLUSIVE: Shabbir Boxwala reveals that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sridevi were offered the film; Sridevi probably declined, as Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty were not established stars
Divya Bharti was the first choice and she had even begun shooting. After her sudden demise, the makers began to look for a replacement. As per reports, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Sridevi were offered the film.
Bollywood Hungama exclusively spoke to Shabbir Boxwala, the production designer and co-screenplay writer of Mohra. He confirmed that both the heroines were indeed offered the film. He explained that since the male actors Akshay Kumar and Suniel Shetty were not quite known, some heroines of that time were wary of coming on board. However, Aishwarya, who had still not made a debut in movies then, had a different reason to decline the film.
Shabbir Boxwala said, “I saw Aishwarya’s pictures and liked them. Rajiv asked me to call her. But she couldn’t do the film as she was preparing for Miss World.”
Shabbir Boxwala continued, “And yes, we offered Mohra to Sridevi too. However, we didn’t have big male stars. Akshay and Suniel were not known. So, any heroine would think twice before saying yes to Mohra. Nobody imagined in their wildest dreams that one song ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast’ would change everything for Akshay and the film!”
Also Read: 28 Years of Mohra EXCLUSIVE: “When Anand Bakshi told Rajiv Rai about ‘Tu Cheez Badi Hai Mast Mast’, we thought it’ll look cheap. However, Anand ji explained, ‘Yeh toh daaru ki bottle ke upar gaana hai’” – Shabbir Boxwala
More Pages: Mohra Box Office Collection
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