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The 85 shakes that shook the box-office

Post by pollyanna on 2013-10-29, 17:23

The 85 shakes that shook the box-office



A good-looking gold medallist from the Film and Television Institute of India, Navin Nischol was launched as a hero by his godfather Mohan Segal in 'Sawan Bhadon' which went on floors on October 11, 1969, with Rekha opposite him. His first impression of her as a shy teenager from down South, who was always giggling and chattering with her sisters in unintelligible Tamil, quickly changed as she revealed herself to be a boisterous tomboy and became his buddy.









"It was embarrassingly difficult to croon Kanon mein jhumka, chaal mein thumka, kamar pe chhoti latke, ho gaya dil ka purza purza, lage pachasi jhatke, o tera rang hai nashila, ang ang nashila... to a girl who was almost family," the actor admitted later, his awkwardness made worse when he heard an onlooker watching the shoot at Mahabaleshwar ask another, "I've heard of the chaurasi aasans (84 moves) in the Kama Sutra, but what's with the pachasi jhatke (85 shakes)?"

Despite the discomfort, the song went on to become a chartbuster and the film a blockbuster. Released in 1970, the same year as Raj Kapoor's magnum opus, 'Mera Naam Joker', Chetan Anand's love epic 'Heer Ranjha', Manoj Kumar's patriotic drama 'Purab Aur Paschim', Rajesh Khanna's 'Sachaa Jhutha' and 'Kati Patang', Rajendra Kumar's 'Geet and Dilip Kumar's , this remake of the Tamil film Veetukku Oru Pillai with two debutants in the lead, went on to celebrate a silver jubilee run.

Its super success took Navin by surprise. He'd flown down to Delhi for the film's premiere and spent the day in bed, laid low with a severe attack of diarrhoea. In the evening, boosted by a shot, he shakily left Hotel Ashok for the theatre with a queasy stomach and a fluttering heart. "As soon as the show ended, I was plucked from my seat and carried to the stage by jubilant fans, but I slept through the celebrations that followed, leaving the party early to snuggle into a production assistant's bed," he reminisced.

Fortunately, the celebrations continued, making Navin and Rekha overnight stars.Twenty seven years later, she recommended him to Basu Bhattacharya for a special appearance in Aastha (1997). "She told me she felt safe with me," admitted Navin.

The film is memorable for its explicit love scenes, including one of Navin seducing the reluctant housewife by erotically sucking on her toe.

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