Padmini Kolhapure Opens A Pandora’s Box As She Reveals Raj Kapoor Offered Her The Role For Ram Teri Ganga Maili After Shooting For 45 Days With Mandakini

Padmini Kolhapure makes a startling revelation as she claims Raj Kapoor approached her for Ram Teri Ganga Maili even after shooting for 45 days with Mandakini

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Padmini Kolhapure Opens A Pandora’s Box As She Reveals Raj Kapoor Offered Her The Role For Ram Teri Ganga Maili After Shooting For 45 Days With Mandakini
In a recent interview, Padmini Kolhapure says she was offered Raj Kapoor’s Ram Teri Ganga Maili, which she didn’t do. She hints that the nudity quotient in the film prevented her  from doing  the  film. She then goes on to state that  the Showman came  back to  offer her  the role after shooting for 45 days for Ram  Teri Ganga Maili with  Mandakini.

This is a startling revelation with  far-reaching  implications. Firstly Ms Kolhapure’s claim puts a  question mark on the discretionary  powers  of  one of Indian cinema’s greatest  directors. If after  shooting  for  45 days, Raj Saab went  back to his Prem  Rog  actress, then it can only mean one thing: the Showman  was  not happy with his discovery Mandakini whom he groomed for the eponymous role  of  Ganga in Ram Teri Ganga Maili.

 Most lovers  of Raj Saab’s cinema thought  Mandakini  had done a  fine job. Why  would  the Showman  want to scrap her role  and sign another actress? This brings me to a prevalent malaise in Hindi cinema.

Role bragging.  Rather, bragging about roles  that  actors didn’t do and which went  on to become extremely popular. So many actresses in Bollywood(not too many of their male  counterparts do this) make  sure they mention the  big opportunities that they missed  out on, at least once every six months in their interviews.Sharmila Tagore mentioned  turning down  Shakti Samanta’s Kati Patang repeatedly. The role that  fetched Asha Parekh her first Filmfare award  .Mumtaz has  spoken about saying no to Seeta Aur Geeta. It  got Hema Malini her first  Filmfare award.

 I remember Saira Banu  speaking  to me  at length on  how she lost Vijay Anand’s Guide which immortalized Waheeda Rehman.  After the interview came  out, Waheedaji asked one  of  her closest  friends,  “Abb  yeh  baat  kar ke kya haasil hoga(what  does she  get  out of  talking about this?)”

I agree with Waheedaji. What  do actresses get  by talking  about roles they didn’t do? Except to show  the filmmaker  in a bad light  and  to  snatch away  glory  from the actress who finally played the role, what does  an actress get by  talking about the  roles they turned down? Have  we ever  heard  Meryl Streep talking   about the roles she  didn’t do?

Curiously our male  actors  don’t do  much of  this  back-patting   at  other actors’ expense. Have you heard Dilip Kumar talking about turning  down  Omar Sharif’s role in  David Lean’s  Lawrence   Of Arabia? Or Abhishek Bachchan  talking about turning down Lagaan repeatedly?

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