Veteran actor Asrani once talked about how filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee was more of a director than a director, who would instruct and scold anyone, including actors Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. In an old interview in 2016, Asrani recalled an incident that happened on the sets of Chupke Chupke, when Amitabh and Dharmendra got confused about their outfits for a scene because Hrishikesh didn’t reveal the details. Asrani spoke about how Hrishikesh taunted the two actors for questioning the scene. (Read also | Dharmendra recalls reaching Anupama sets at 5 a.m. for inclusion on Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘order’†
Chupke Chupke (1975) is a comedy film and a remake of the Bengali film Chhadmabeshi. Directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee, it features: DharmendraAmitabh Bachchan, Sharmila Tagore, Jaya Bachchan, Om Prakash, Usha Kiran, David Abraham Cheulkar, Asrani and Keshto Mukherjee.
In an interview with PTI news agency, Asrani had said: “At that time there were budget restrictions and we were taking clothes from old movies. I was generally not allowed to wear suits in movies and now that I was wearing one, Dharmendra got scared and asked, ‘ What’s going on? What’s the scene? How did you get a suit and I got a driver’s dress? Pak toh apne baap ko bhi nahi dega Hrishikesh Mukherjee (Hrishikesh Mukherjee wouldn’t even suit his father)” He yelled to Dharmendra, “Aye Dharam! What do you ask Asrani?” The scene, right? Arey, if you had a sense of stories, would you have been a hero?”
Asrani also added how Amitabh also had a similar question: “’Oh! How come you’re in a suit today?’ Amitabh asked me. ‘Whose does this office belong to? (He said referring to the set) What’s the scene?’ Dada saw it again and yelled, “Hey Amit! What do you ask Asrani? The story or the scene? Dharam! Tell him what I told you. Guys, if you knew the story, you wouldn’t be playing heroes in movies! Chalo (go) to work’.”
Besides Chupke Chupke, Hrishikesh made several films with both Amitabh and Dharmendra. Hrishikesh has directed many movies starring Dharmendra such as Anupama, Majhli Didi, Satyakam, Guddi and Chaitali. Amitabh starred in films of Hrishikesh such as Anand, Abhimaan, Namak Haram, Mili, Alaap, Jurmana and Bemisal, among others.