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Bikaner Ki Garam Ret Par Feroz Khan Aur JP Dutta Ka Garma Garm Panga

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The deserts and the sand of Rajasthan have always been the favourite locations of film makers to shoot some of their most ambitious flim and director J.P Dutta has been one director who has lost no opportunity to shoot in the deserts of Rajasthan. Some of his big films like “Hathiyaar” , “Yateen” , “Ghulami” , “Batwara” and Kshatriya are just some of them … –Ali Peter John
J.P”as he is called and who was a one time assistant director of Randhir Kapoor and was known for his hot temper had a problem with the media and made it a point not to invite the media to his shootings done on locations. It was his wife , the one time actress Bindiya Goswami who ask me to talk to him and it was the first time that J.P invited a team of the media to Bikaner to cover the shooting of his massive flim Kshatriya . The highlight of the flim was the casting of Sunil Dutt and Sanjay Dutt and Dharmendra and Sunny Deol as father’s and sons in addition to Vinod Khanna and Kabir Bedi  . The other highlight was that none of the male stars wore any clothes above the waists , not even the villains like Prem Chopra and Puneet Issar  who had become popular after knocking out Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Coolie and playing Duryodhan in the T.V serial Mahabharata. The actresses in the flim were Raveena Tandon, Meenakshi Sheshadri, Raakhee  and Divya Bharti ( Kshatriya was her last released flim ).
The shooting at the Bikaner Fort was going on full swing with all the leading male stars involved in hand to hand fight in a specially build arena , with thousands of spectators. “J.P” who was a not so strong man and was even an a asthmatic was totally involved in the shot which formed the climax of the flim..
It was 3pm and the unit of J.P had just resumed shooting after the lunch break and J.P was in a state of excitement to finish as much of the action before sunset . And the entire unit was surprised when  a mini aircraft kept hovering the Bikaner Fort and finally landed exactly where J.P was commanding the scenes. The plane had four tough men unit and they approached J.P in a menacing way and one of them told J.P , ” hum Bangalore se aaye hai , Feroz Khan sahab me bheja hai aur Sanjay dutt ko uthakar laane ko bola hai ” the angry man in  J.P flared up and asked the man , ” yeh tumhare Feroz Khan sahab ke baap ka raaj hai Kya. Apni hawai gaadi ko lekar jaldi se nikal jao yaha se ” the Feroz Khan’s men were not willing to give up easily and try  to threaten J.P . It had turned into an ugly scene which could hell tuned into a conflagration, but it was the timely intervention of Sunil Dutt that avoided it and Feroz Khan’s men who had come determined to take away Sanjay Dutt to Bangalore palace to shoot for Feroz Khan’s Yalgaar had to get into their aircraft and fly back to Bangalore, without having their target Sanjay Dutt on the flight with them .
The problem was that J.P had all the dates of Sanjay to shoot for Kshatriya and Feroz Khan was only trying to take advantage of the situation and get Sanjay to  Bangalore to shoot for his flim Yalgaar for better or for worse. These kinds of scenes of what was known as “Bhaigiri” aur  “Dadagiri” was very rampant in the early 80’s , a fact that can be guessed by how the late Rishi Kapoor received threat’s from a very powerful smuggler, Dawood Ibrahim to work as the romantic lead opposite his niece Karishma Kapoor and how he had to use another powerful man to get him out of the dicey situation
WOH BHI EK ZAMANA THA, AUR KYA ZAMANA THA WOH!

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