The story, as told to us by Prakash Mehra’s son, Puneet, in our big interview this morning, is that Dharmendra had the script for ‘Zanjeer’. After his film ‘Samadhi’ did well with Prakash Mehra, Dharamji showed the script of ‘Zanjeer’ to Prakash Mehra. The filmmaker loved the script and told Dharmendra to direct the film. But Dharmendra was busy for a year and at that time Prakash Mehra bought the script from him for Rs 3,500.
The rest, as they say, is history. The angry young man arrived.
“My dad used to say he wasn’t Amitji’s godfather. There were times when people approached him and said exactly that. He would shoot back: talent just meets talent. and the magic was created,” Puneet added.
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