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This film, released on the same day as Phool Aur Kaante (1991), was expected to break records. Unfortunately, the relationship between Prem and Pallavi/Pooja was considered incestuous by purists and the moralists, and it was completely rejected by the Indian audience. Its failure demoralized Yash Chopra and to this day he laments its rejection by the Indian audience. However, it was not a total loss; it became one of the biggest hits ever in the Indian overseas market.
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Lamhe was dubbed in English and was released under the name 'Indian summer' to the overseas audience.
Pamela Chopra read the book Daddy Long Legs and was inspired by the story This is how Lamhe was born.
Yash Chopra conceived the film with Vinod Khanna in mind. He promised Vinod that he would do the film. But when Yash Chopra thought about it, Vinod Khanna could no longer look like a 20 year old. He informed Vinod that he was not in the film. This upset Vinod. Jackie Shroff had just shaved off his mustache for Diljale and sent his pictures to Yash Chopra. Yash liked it but still didn't feel like Jackie looked young enough . Thats when Anil kept insisting he do the film. Yash Chopra did not like Anil Kapoor's mustache. Anil then got Injured and stayed home for a month. This is when Anil shaved off his mustache and won Yash Chopra's approval.
Yash Chopra originally wanted to cast a newcomer in the role of Viren. As he didn't want any actor to feel uncomfortable while doing the role.
Sridevi lost her father but being a professional she continued with shooting next day, the scene being a comedy scene with Anupam Kher.
Writer Honey Irani's the first film with Yash Chopra.
The first choice for Dippy Sagoo's role was Pakistani actress Barbara Sharif.
In the parody sequence where Prem and Pooja try to cheer up the sulking Viren, Dai Maa joins in with "Aaj Phir Jeene Ki Tamanna Hai". This was Waheeda Rehman's hit song from one of her best films - Guide (1965). Later, she thought it was rather unusual to be dancing to her own song from another film and considered it to be her ultimate tribute.
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Sanjay Dutt was the original choice for Deepak Malhotra's role.
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Sridevi also did a double role of mother and daughter in Khuda Gawah (1992).
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After. Lamhe Yash Chopra made action films like Parampara & Darr.
Boney Kappor advised Anil Kapoor not to do the film.
After the film released, UK actress went to the media and abused Yash Chopra and Anil Kapoor. Her allegations were from the role not being what was narrated to her, to Yash Chopra and Anil Kapoor expecting her to do them " favors". She was upset she was left out of the publicity of the film. She suggested Kiron Kher dub her dialogues because she was not familiar with Hindi. But when she saw the film thought Kiron Kher did a terrible job. Dippy went on to abuse the industry saying no one in the industry had principle's or morals. She left the film industry after one film due to the bad experience .
Yash Chopra wanted to release the film on Diwali. When he heard Ramesh Sippy was releasing Akayla on that date, he decided to postpone his film. He did not want to compete with Sippy and Bachchan. Thinking Phool Aur Kaante was a small B grade film, Yash Chopra opened his film against Ajay Devgan's debut.
Deepak Malhotra stated he thought he was the main lead in the film. Yash Chopra took him around and introduced him to people stating he was his new hero. A day before the mahurat, when Anil Kapoor showed up,Deepak had the shock of his life. He was not aware that Anil would be the lead hero.
Sridevi lost her father during the London schedule and was scheduled to leave for India.Anil Kapoor insisted on accompanying her.But Yash Chopra advised him not to leave as the shooting schedule would be affected and they can shoot the scenes which don't have Sridevi in it.
Lamhe went on to win several awards and features in Outlook magazine's list of Bollywood's Best Films.
last film scripted by Masoom Raza who passed away few months after its release.
The song "Kabhi Main Kahoon" was made from a melody used as background music in Yash Chopra's previous movie Chandni 1989.
Yash Chopra originally wanted to make the film in 1982 with Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha. But after the flopping of Silsila and Yash Chopra's bad fall out with Amitabh Bachchan, all plans were dropped.
The one and the only film of director Yash Chopra with Dr. Rahi Masoom Reza.
Loosely based on Feroz Khan's film " Sharafat Chod Di Maine"
In the same year Sridevi played dual role of mother and daughter in Khuda Gawah 1992.
Anil Kapoor stated "Well, Lamhe, people liked the second half better. The first half, I found to be unnecessarily slow. A film must hold you from the beginning to the end. People say climax theek nahi tha. I feel it was ahead of its time. And Sridevi was magnificent in both Mr India and Lamhe. She was beyond perfect in Mr India. Or, for that matter, even Judaai, if you've see her in the film, she is exceptional."
Yash Chopra always made 2 types of films like Deewar, Trishul, Vijay and the other type was Kabhi Kabie, Silsila, Faasle, Chandni. Lamhe belong to the later category.
Kimi Katkar was signed for the girlfriends role in the second half. She eventually left the film as she decided to get married. Dippy Sagoo was then signed.
The film was released in limited showings in Canadian theater's in 1992. This was a year after it had already released. This happened due to huge public demand for the film to shown on the large screen.
Yash Chopra was advised to change the ending whereby Pooja convinces Viren to stop sleeping with her mother's ghost (in a manner of speaking). But the director insisted that if he had changed the ending it wouldn't have been the film he set out to make.
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