Shakti Samanta was born on 13th January 1926. He died at the age of 83 on 9th April 2009. He had planned to cast Raaj Kumar opposite Sharmila Tagore in his film Amar Prem (1972).
On knowing this superstar Rajesh Khanna asked Shakti to sign him instead of Raaj Kumar.
Shakti had earlier worked with Sharmila and Kaka in blockbuster Aradhana (1969).
He told Kaka that its a women oriented movie and the male lead has very little to do in it.
But Kaka had liked the script and didn’t wanted to lose another chance of being romantic with gorgeous Sharmila.
Those days there was a famous saying “Oopar aaka neeche Kaka”. So Shakti had to bend to the decision of India’s first superstar.
Kaka was replaced by Raaj Kumar and the movie was a blockbuster.
The chemistry between Kaka and Sharmila was loved by all.
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