“Yeh bade Ittefaq ki baat hai,” puns the inimitable Shatrughan Sinha when reminded that he was supposed to do the original version of Ittefaq. “Due to date clashes I couldn’t do Ittefaq when it was offered to me by the amazing B R Chopra and brother Yash Chopra. I eventually did work with Yash ji in Kaala Patthar. But I never got the chance to work with B R Saab. Now my daughter Sonakshi is in Ittefaq directed by B R Chopra Saab’s grandson (Abhay Chopra). The Indian movie industry is like a rollercoaster ride. Kabhi yahaan kabhi wahaan,” says Shatrughan Sinha, admitting that he has not seen the new Ittefaq as yet.
“But I remember how powerful Rajesh Khanna and Nanda were in the original. I can’t imagine me being in the film. I am sure Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi have done a good job.” Shatrughan Sinha has his fingers crossed.
Ask him to name his daughter’s favourite film and he promptly says, “Lootera. She was a revelation in that. I felt very proud of her after seeing Lootera. I am sure I will feel equally proud of her in Ittefaq. Such stories are timeless.”