Dharmendra once said that he had asked the producers to cast Amitabh Bachchan for the role of Jai in the film Sholay. Sholay is a popular movie. The role of Jai in this movie was previously played by Shatrughan Sinha. One reason behind this was that Dharmendra spoke in favor of Amitabh Bachchan.
In an interview, Dharmendra admitted that he had spoken with Amitabh Bachchan. He also said that he is speaking about it publicly because Amitabh Bachchan has expressed his gratitude to him.
When Dharmendra was asked if this was true, he said: ‘I have never talked about this, but Amitabh has started to say it. That’s why I tell you that. Yes, I helped him. It used to come to me. Previously, this role was going to go to Shatrughan Sinha. Dharmendra also said that Shatrughan Sinha had asked him why he took the name Amitabh Bachchan. To this, he said, ‘Man, I don’t understand anything. He came first, I thought he would give it to the poor man. Dol ‘
Ramesh Sippy wanted to cast Shatrughan Sinha first, but Shatrughan Sinha was a very important actor. Taking three great actors in a movie meant that all three had equal ego attention. Ramesh Sippy had seen Mumbai to Goa and Anand and was pleased with Amitabh’s talent. Apart from this, Amitabh also asked Dharmendra to speak for himself. Because of this, Amitabh Bachchan was taken as Jai. Amitabh Bachchan’s career was delayed in the movie Sholay.