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(1993)

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'Akshay Kumar' was initially offered the role of Baazigar, but turned it down due to its negativity. 'Arbaaz Khan' turned it down for the same reason and then went on to do a full fledged negative role in Abbas-Mastan's Daraar (1996). Anil Kapoor and 'Salman Khan' rejected it for the same reason.
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after winning Filmfare best actor award for Baazigar 1993 Shahrukh Khan did not see director duo Abbas Mastan anywhere at the function nor at the awards party that night Shahrukh Khan reached Bhendi Bazaar a crowded place in Bombay where Abbas Mastan lived when Shahrukh Khan reached there he saw about 10 to 12 people sleeping in one room on seeing him everyone from the house got up Shahrukh Khan went to Abbas Mastan and touched their feet and said I have won the best actor award for Baazigar how can I go home without your blessings by the time Shahrukh Khan moved out it was early morning and month of Ramzan so he also had Sehri with them before he left.
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Kajol had lots of trouble with the "Mera Dil Tha Akela" part in the song, Baazigar O Baazigar, because she felt the emotions on the script were extremely exaggerated. Shah Rukh Khan then helped her by jokingly pinching her and she "learned" how to act the part properly.
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Shah Rukh Khan's first movie in a villainous role.
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The film established careers of Shahrukh Khan, Kajol and Shilpa Shetty.
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For the performance in Baazigar ,Sharukh khan got his first filmfare award for best actor category .
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Abbas Mastan wanted Sridevi in the dual role but then choose two new faces Kajol and Shilpa Shetty as audience would not accept a new actor Shahrukh Khan who plays villain killing a well established actress Sridevi.
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While Shahrukh Khan was in London for the films premiere he got a call from Yash Johar saying that the film is big hit in India.
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Siddharth Ray, who played the police inspector Karan in the film, died in 2004 of a massive heart attack at the age of 40. He left behind two kids. He was the grandson of legendary film maker V. Shantaram.
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Ajay Devgn was offered the lead role but he refused, thinking the directors would approach him again with a higher price. However this did not occur and Shahrukh Khan was signed.
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Dr.Albans hit song " ITS MY LIFE" is played in a party scene. The song was later used for Akshay's entry scene in Suhaag .
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Baazigar had a close to Diwali release and was a blockbuster.
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Abbas Mastan's second big hit after Khiladi 1992.
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Salman Khan declined the role as he felt that it was too early for him to play a negative character.
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At the 1994 the film received four Filmfare awards - Best actor Shahrukh Khan, Best male playback singer Kumar Sanu (Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen),Best Music Anu Malik and Best Screenplay Robin Bhatt, Aakash Khurana and Javed Siddiqui.
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The producers had wanted Kumar Sanu to record again the song yeh kali kali ankhen.... as they were not satisfied. They were after Kumar Sanu for many days but Kumar Sanu thought he had rendered in best and if he records again the song wont be good. After sometime the producers had to release as it is and as Kumar Sanu thought, it was a good song and it also got Kumar Sanu an award.
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Posters of films "Almost Famous" (2000) and "Baywatch" (2017) feature Kate Hudson and Priyanka Chopra, respectively, wearing sunglasses that reflect other cast members, similar to the sunglasses Shah Rukh Khan wears in this film's poster.
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Sridevi was to have a double role as Seema and Priya. The directors felt that the audience wouldn't feel for Shahrukh's character if "he killed Sridevi." Therefore, Kajol and Shilpa Shetty Kundra were brought.
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Akruti Nagpal turned down the role of in the film in order to avoid stereotyping.
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Nadeem Shravan were signed for the film but had a major clash with the film's producers. Nadeem Shravan wanted Kajol out of the film because of a prior problem. Nadeem reasoned that Tanuja was rude to them when they went to sign Kajol for a film. The producers told Nadeem Shravan he would not replace Kajol, so they left the film Nadeem Sharavan had composed the song "Baazigar O Baazigar" with the lyrics "Jaadugar O Jaadugar". When Anu Malik stepped in , he retained the tune and changed the lyrics.
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Breakthrough movie for Shah Rukh Khan as it heralded him into stardom.
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Baazigar was a commercial success and it went on to become the fourth highest grossing Hindi film of 1993.
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Kajol (18) and Shilpa Shetty (17) were both teenagers when the film was shot and released.
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Salman Khan declined the role as he felt that it was to early for him to play a negative character. Salman Khan's father Salim Khan asked the director duo to add the mother's track to the film but Abbas Mastan wasn't convinced with it hence Salman Khan finally opted out, but when the film got made with Shahrukh Khan the directors decided to add the mother's track.
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The tune of the whistle in the intro of the song " E Mere Humsafar" was later reused for the song "Ishq Hua" from the movie Ishq.
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Shah Rukh Khan's contact lense scene was inspired from Amitabh's contact lense scene in Satta Pe Satta.
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"Matangi Mixtape" by M.I.A. sampled "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen".
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Ayesha Jhulka was approached for Kajol's role, but she declined it.
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Shahrukh Khan's favorite song "Saamajh Kar Chaand" was edited out of the film. Shah Rukh shot the song but the directors felt the film was getting to long . They thought of editing out Siddharth's party song, but Shah Rukh felt the song was very important.
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This film was released just 42 days before "Darr", another film in which Shahrukh played a villainous role and turned out to be a critical and commercial success.
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Shah Rukh Khan's first R rated film
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The music composer of the film, Anu Malik, makes an appearance in a song in the film.
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Anu Malik sang a English version of "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen" called " You Look To Me A Virgin.".
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After the success of Khiladi, actor Deepak Tijori had seen a english movie on his video and gave its vhs cassette to Abbas Mastan and Deepak Tijori had wanted to do the lead role in this film. But it dint happen like that.
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"Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen" had a cover version in the album Bom Bass. This was the first cover version done for this song. The remix was done by Amit and San J of the X Zecutive. This was in 1995.
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Shah Rukh Khan sings to Kajol, "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen, Yeh Gore Gore Gaal" (These black eyes, these white cheeks). This would be incorrect since Kajol has green eyes, not black and that she is of a dark complexion and so her cheeks are not white.
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Farheen turned down Kajol's role as she was shooting for a film with Kamal Haasan down south.
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Debut film of Shilpa Shetty.
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The first film of SRK and Kajol together.
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Rakee's track was introduced later into the film it wasn't part of the script when it was narrated to Salman Khan.
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Anil Kapoor was offered the film but did not feel comfortable playing a negative role .
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Bazigar O Bazigar was remixed in Bollywood Breaks Vol. 1 as Baazighar (Lovers Magic) by Sunny, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik Featuring - Tara.
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The song E Mere Humsafar was sampled from "AAJA RE AA ZARA" from LOVE IN TOKYO and "Khoobsurat Haseena" from Mr X in Bombay.
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Shahrukh, Kajol, Rakhee and Johnny Lever would collaborate for "Karan Arjun" (1995).
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Kajol, Johnny Lever, Dalip Tahil and Ananth Narayan Mahadevan would again collaborate in "Ishq" (1997).
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"Yeh Kaali Kaali Ankhen" from Baazigar sampled "The Man who plays the Mandolino" by Dean Martin. The Dean Martin song was earlier sampled for the song Lehron Pe Lehar from the film Chhabili (1961). The song "Because of You" by The Cover Girls was also a source of inspiration.
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The opening lines of "Baazigar O Baazigar" was sampled from the first few lines of Kaun Hain Jo Sapno Mein from Jhuk Gaya Aasman. That song was inspired by Elvis Presley song Margaritta.
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first film of Rakhee and Shahrukh Khan together.
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Debut Hindi film of Resham Tipnis.
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Juhi Chawla was offered Shilpa Shetty's role but she found the role too small.
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Towards the climax dalip tahil's voice was dubbed by dubbing artist for some scenes.
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starting part of music in "Kitaben bahut si" from "Baazigar" finally was converted into a full song in "Haathkadi" as "LML ".
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Fiza - Tu Fiza Hai antras were made into "Sun-e-Mere Dil" from Paap (2003). Also the tune for Tu Fiza Hai has been in countless Anu Malik songs in the 80s, and some in early 90s, notably "Kitabein Bahut Si" from Baazigar (1993) and "Aap Ka Chehra" from Talhalka.
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Aarti (Akruti) Nagpal was offered Shilpa Shetty's role But opted out due to with Hari Singh former secretary of Sridevi.Due to problems between them in the past.When she was offered this film Hari Singh was working for Venus launching films music under their label.
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The film had a theatrical release in Canada.
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Sridevi was to do duel heroine roles but after many thoughts Abbas Mastan offered this duel roles to Manisha Koirala,she declined then it became two heroines film with Kajol & Shilpa Shetty
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Armaan Kohli was also offered the lead role at one point.
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Aditya Pancholi was the initial choice for Siddharth's role.
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Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen had a International instrumental remix titled "Ye Khaali Aankhen" (Aaron Maple Edit).
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The lenses Srk wore are his real eye color and his blue eyes were actually contact lenses.
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Abbas of Abbas Mustan fame said that the distributors were apprehensive about the climax. But as Madan Chopra jabs the rod into him, Ajay takes him down with him. He then puts his head on his mother's lap and dies. We knew that with the 'mother ka angle', he will be accepted by the audience and will be forgiven for the killings.
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Johnny Lever's character, though funny, was integral to the story Robin: The part played by Johnny Lever (housekeeper Babulal) was not in the book or the Hollywood film. His role was essential to diffuse the tension and give audiences a break from the serious proceedings. But creating a character that has nothing to do with the story also risked destroying the film. Akash: We didn't want Babulal to be like the comic characters of movies from the 1970s-80s who had a parallel track that was not integral to the story. Abbas: Babulal was important to the plot. In the telephone scene where he forgets the message he is to convey and ends up saying, "Anaarkali ka phone tha, ice cream khana bahut zaroori hai", he builds tension and then releases it.
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As per Abbas Mustan "While shooting the climax, we had decided to shoot Kajol's scene first (when she goes to his house and sees the photographs and then Ajay walks in). So we asked SRK to come to the set in the afternoon. By the time, he came, we were done with Kajol's scenes and her counter shots. In those days, once the filming was done, it could only be viewed at the editing table. So, to get the expressions right for the shots (where he responds to Kajol), he insisted on hearing the audio on Nagra (a high-end recorder) to understand the intensity of the scene and then got down to shoot. He was unlike any actor because, he believed in being in front of the subject, even for counter and cutaways".
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SRK improvised his own scenes. After Seema's friend Anjali is murdered, SRK was required to do away with her photograph but instead of tearing it into pieces or chucking it away, he decided to swallow it -- adding a realistic touch to the scene. Another scene which he made his own was the contact lens scene. The scene shows him frantically searching for his contact lens, which he accidentally drops into the washbasin. The way he built tension in the scene was outstanding.
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Shilpa Shetty said that "I had a few dialogues before the song "Kitaben Bahut Si" and I wanted to get it over with. I was rushing through my dialogues when SRK stopped me mid-sentence and asked me to calm down. He said, "You need to understand and process what you are saying."
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Shilpa Shetty mentioned that "My first shot with Shah Rukh was for the song 'Ae Mere Humsafar'. I remember that since I was new to films, I didn't know how to face the camera during the song sequence. This is when Shah Rukh told me, "The camera is your audience and you have to face it. You can't turn your back to it." This advice has stayed with me to this day".
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As per Abbas, Srk's contribution to the film went beyond his role as an actor. For the shoot, we needed a bungalow, which would be the residence of Madan Chopra (Tahil). SRK took us to Delhi to look at a couple of farmhouses and luckily, we found what we were looking for.
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The makers had watched Kajol's Bekhudi and felt that she would suit Priya's character. For Seema's role, they first approached Ayesha Jhulka, as their last film (Khiladi) with her was successful but she was upset at not being cast as Priya and refused the role.They even offered Madhuri Dixit Rs 25 lakhs to play Seema but she didn't want to play second fiddle. Sridevi agreed but suggested that they make the sisters twins so that she could essay both. But they didnt think that would work. Abbas: Sridevi was at the peak of her career then and bumping her off in the film wouldn't go down well with the audience, so we decided to cast a newcomer instead.
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In the earlier version, Priya (Kajol) was supposed to kill Ajay (Khan) in the end -- much like the original plot. The scene where Ajay pushes Seema (Shilpa Shetty) off a high rise is the first time the audience gets an insight into his nefarious side. Till that point, he is seen romancing her sister Priya. This strategic twist paid off and I remember that the audience was left shocked. But what confounded us more was the next scene when Ajay casually walks past Seema's dead body. The audience was rooting for him.
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Robin Bhatt says "We were surprised when Shah Rukh told us not to soften his character's negativity even if the distributors pressurised us. With so much weighing on the character, his endorsement was heartening".
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Distributors balked at the anti-hero character Dalip Tahil: While going through the rushes, the distributors couldn't digest the fact that the hero murders one of his leading ladies. To be honest, when I saw the scene where he pushes Shilpa off the terrace, I was a little worried. Raj Kapoor had famously said that "You should never kill young love" but Shah Rukh stuck to his conviction and told us not to worry about the success of the film. Abbas: There was an additional pressure on us for killing SRK's character in the end. Distributors were apprehensive about that too.
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Prior to including the track about Ajay's family history, the motive for the murders was money. He romances two sisters, eliminates one and marries the other. In fact, the script with which we approached Salman and even Shah Rukh, didn't have the mother angle at all. Abbas: When we decided to add the mother angle, we were told that this would make it melodramatic like any 70s film. In fact, we had to convince the producers and our writers about that track.
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At 3:15 of the song "Yeh Kaali Kaali Aankhen " from Baazigar was inspired from the main chorus of the song "Yeke Yeke".
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The song "Gali Gali Mein Pani" in Juaari was sampled from the song "Its My Life" by Dr. Alban The same song was also sampled for the song for "Baali Haari" in Nishaana. "Its My Life" was used as background music in Baazigar and Suhaag.
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Dalip Tahil said that while shooting the climax, I had a feeling that the directors are overdoing the gore. Shah Rukh was loving the blood fest and kept on pouring fake blood on himself. But when I watched the sequence on screen, I stood corrected as it came out well.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The film shocked its Indian audience with an unexpected violation of the standard Bollwyood formula: The 'hero' murders the innocent 'heroine' out of the blue which stirred up quite a controversy, but caused also big revenues at the box office.
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Inspired from Hollywood movie "Kiss Before Dying". 1991.
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What Dalip Tahil's character does to Ananth Narayan Mahadevan's character in this film, is the same that Amrish Puri's character did to Dalip Tahil's in "Ram Lakhan" (1988). Both the times Rakhee played the wife, whose son/s would take revenge.
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