November 12, 1993.
Shah Rukh, now regarded as the King of Romance, played the anti-hero effortlessly, but he was not the first choice for the film. Mustan says the producers had approached Salman, who at that point was doing Sooraj Barjatya's film and felt the negative role might not work for his good boy on screen image.
While Anil Kapoor, according to Mustan, felt he may not be able to carry the negative role. Mustan recalls Shah Rukh had come to meet producers at Venus company for the narration of a film, which he did not like, but a chance encounter with the director duo got him Baazigar.
Describing SRK as a director's actor, Mustan says, "He used to shoot one scene in four-five different ways. He has a huge range as an actor."
Giving an example of a scene in which SRK kills Resham Tipnis, Mustan says, "We told him that he should keep the photograph in his pocket. Shah Rukh instead thought of tearing the photo and putting it in his mouth. There were things which he did spontaneously."
Mustan says it was SRK who helped them in getting the necessary permissions to shoot in Delhi, the 53-year-old superstar’s home town. The film was shot in Delhi and Mumbai and the title track was filmed in Mauritius.
Caption courtesy Hindustan Times.
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