You must have seen Anand, the first movie from Bollywood superstar Rajesh Khanna. Rajesh Khanna’s brilliant performance was seen in this movie. You will be surprised to know that Rajesh Khanna was not the first choice for this film from director and editor Hrishikesh Mukherjee.
Today is the 15th anniversary of the death of Hrishikesh Mukherjee. Born on September 30, 1922 in Calcutta, Hrishikesh Mukherjee had Raj Kapoor as Anand’s first choice in this film, but Raj Kapoor did not fit the role of hero due to his old age until the time he made this film.
After this, Hrishikesh Mukherjee offered the film to Shashi Kapoor, but he refused to work on the film because he did not like the story of the film at all. Mukherjee proposed to Bengali superstar Uttam Kumar, but he too refused. After this, then-superstar Rajesh Khanna got a chance to play the character of Anand.