Actor kajoli has spoken of the “highest award” she received from her mother-veteran actor Tanuja for her film Gupt: The Hidden Truth. In a new interview, Kajol spoke of the film’s “shock value,” which was recently completed 25 years after its release. Thinking back to the time of the film’s release, Kajol said that “a big movie was sure to be a hit” because there was no social media or other forms of entertainment at the time. (Read also | Bobby Deol and Kajol celebrate 25 years of Gupt: The Hidden Truth with special screening

Gupt: The Hidden Truth (1997) is a thriller directed by Rajiv Rai. It features: Bobby Deol, Manisha Koirala, Kajol, Om Puri, Paresh Rawal, Dalip Tahil, Prem Chopra and Priya Tendulkar. The film also features Raj Babbar and Kulbhushan Kharbanda in an extended cameo.

Speaking to PTI news agency, Kajol said: “It was the shock value of the film, the character and the fact that no one expected it to come. It was guts at the time to do it. It’s the story and the role that I think he (Rajiv Rai) was a bit nervous because he wasn’t sure if I was going to make the film. He sat for two hours talking and sweating profusely. But by the end both Tanisha (her sister) and I had like ‘I have to make this movie.’ There was no doubt about it, it was perfect for me.” Kajol said her father-filmmaker Shomu Mukherjee was friends with Rajiv’s father-producer Gulshan Rai.

Recalling her mother’s reaction, Kajol added: “I remember my mother (Tanuja) who told me, ‘Oh my God, what a movie!’. And that’s the highest award I can get, because my mother rarely likes my films, she wants my performances but no films… It was also the time when there was nothing else (mediums). A big movie was sure to be a hit as we had no social media and no other form of entertainment except cinema. So making a 25 week film or a golden anniversary was much easier back then. There’s so much competition these days with a big screen.” Kajol called herself lucky because she “made great movies, worked with some great directors and had great music in movies.”

Gupt followed Sahil (Bobby), accused of murdering his stepfather (Raj Babbar), escaped from prison on a quest to prove his innocence with the help of his girlfriend Isha (Kajol) and Sheetal (Manisha Koirala), his friend. Kajol became the first female actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role for the film.

Kajol was last seen in her digital debut, Netflix film Tribhanga in 2021. She can be seen in the upcoming film Salaam Venky. Previously titled The Last Hurrah, the film is being directed by director Revathy.

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