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MUMBAI MIRROR (July 1, 2012)
Ashim Samanta was making his directorial debut in 1981 with the film Aamne Samne starring Mithun Chakraborty. This picture was taken when the director and the actor were at the recording studio to meet composer R D Burman and lyricist Anand Bakshi. The occasion was the recording of the first song of the film — Main tu ban gaya… tu main ban gaya. “Mithun was still new to the industry. As it was my first film, Anand Bakshi had suggested I sign another star instead of Mithun. But I had worked with Mithun in the past while assisting my father and had developed a good rapport with him.”
Mithun played a double role — of a small town man as well as a city dancer. There were many scenes where the characters had to be shown in the same frame. Given the technology at that time, Ashim had to carry out many retakes of the same scene. “A body double had to be placed with Mithun. He said the lines of one character and then we interchanged his place with the double. The film took a long time to complete,” says Ashim.
Ashim’s father Shakti Samanta is also in this photograph. “My father has been a huge influence. Though he never interfered with my direction on the sets, he would often guide me about what would work better,” Ashim says. In the 1970s, Shakti Samanta directed films such as Amar Prem (1972) and Kati Patang (1970) starring Rajesh Khanna. Incidentally, Anand Bakshi wrote the lyrics for these two films as well. Chingari koi bhadke from Amar Prem and More >