When Bobby Deol complained about Manisha Koirala’s ‘bad breath’ during Gupt, said she ate ‘raw onions just before the scene’
Bobby Deol was one of the most popular Bollywood actors in the 1990s, and after the release of films such as Gupt and Soldier, he was seen as the next superstar of his generation. Gupt changed Bobby’s career trajectory, and the music of the film played a huge role in the film’s success. Also starring Manisha Koirala and Kajol, the film went on to become one of the biggest hits of 1997. Back then, in an interview with Filmfare, Bobby shared a funny anecdote from the making of the film and recalled that he’d complained about Manisha Koirala’s “bad breath” during the filming of a romantic song.
He shared with Filmfare in 2001, “I got along fine with her, though we didn’t become friends. While shooting for the song ‘Bechaniyaan’ in Gupt, she had to bring her face close to mine and then bite my chin for the shot. As she brought her face close to mine, I got a blast of hard breath. She’d eaten chana chaat full of raw onions just before the scene. It’s a wonder how I even managed to do the scene. Because romance was the last thing on my mind then.”
Bobby planned to get back at her and devised a plan. Bobby said that he “conned a newcomer” into eating onions just before he had a scene with Manisha, so she too gets a whiff of his bad breath. “I wanted to get back at her. The fight master and I conned a newcomer, who was playing her brother, to eat onions. We told him that they were good for concentration and that they’d help him to emote better. He had to do a scene with Manisha. So, we asked him to breathe heavily when he got close to her. The camera rolled and we waited anxiously,” he shared. Bobby waited for a while to get a laugh, but Manisha never reacted. “She never reacted. Our joke fell flat,” he shared.
Bobby had previously shared that he was dancing with a broken leg during the filming of this song. In an earlier chat with Hindustan Times, Bobby shared that he fractured his leg during the filming of this song so the choreographers had to come up with steps where he could just move his hands without moving his body. “Chinni and Rekha Prakash ji made those hand movements of mine, which became popular as ‘Bobby Deol’s style,” he shared.
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