Tuesday Trivia: Rajinikanth’s Baashha was born on the sets of Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda’s Hum

Superstar Rajinikanth’s Baashha is an iconic film. But, not many know that the idea of Baassha came when Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda discussed a potential scene for Hum, which couldn’t be included.

Baashha. Mark Antony. Anyone who knows Rajinikanth will know what these two names mean to them. It was 1995. Rajinikanth as Baashha Bhai greeted everyone on the celluloid with his trademark salute. Baashha was a lot more special for multiple reasons. It had Rajinikanth as the dreaded gangster. It released on Pongal 1995, a perfect treat for his fans.

Director Suresh Krissna’s Baashha is one of the most successful films in Rajinikanth’s career. So much so that it ran for nearly 15 months in theatres. The action film also starred Raghuvaran and Nagma in pivotal roles.

Baashha was not just a one-man show. If not for Raghuvaran’s menacing Mark Antony, the film would have been one-dimensional. Both Baashha and Mark Antony made the film a cult classic. In Tamil Nadu, 90s kids would by now know the dialogues and the background music by heart.

But, did you know that the story of Baashha was born on the sets of the Hindi film, Hum, directed by Mukul S Anand? Hum, which released in 1991 had Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Govinda playing the lead roles. The film’s shooting took place in Ooty, Tamil Nadu. That’s exactly where the story of Baashha began taking shape.

On the sets of Hum, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth and Govinda were discussing a potential scene, which they thought could be included in the film. The scene goes like this – Govinda tries to become a policeman, however, he gets rejected. Soon, Amitabh Bachchan walks into the interview room, breaks into a monologue and convinces the authorities. Tada, Govinda lands in the job.

The three stars narrated the scene to director Mukul. Even though the Hum director liked the scene, he felt that it did not go with the screenplay and dropped it.

Cut to 1992 (a year after Hum released), Rajinikanth casually mentioned this conversation to Suresh Krissna when they were working on Annamalai. Suresh Krissna was excited about the idea as he thought it would suit Rajinikanth well.

Though nothing materialised immediately, Suresh Krissna couldn’t take his mind off the particular scene. After Veera’s release in 1994, Rajinikanth and Suresh Krissna believed it was time to start Baashha. They didn’t have a story in hand. It was Rajinikanth who suggested the title.

It was after this that Suresh Krissna started to work on the story. At first, they decided to release the film in 1995, which means, they had only five-six months in hand to complete the film. They did, and the rest is history.

Baashha follows the story of an auto-rickshaw driver Manickam who stays away from violence. But, he has a dark past. When his younger brother, a cop, is at loggerheads with some goons, Manickam had to reveal his true self. Want to rewatch the Rajinikanth hit? Catch it on Voot Select.

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