Dilip Kumar- Vyjayanthimala All Time Blockbuster movie: The audience liked the pairing of Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala on screen. Whenever this pair came on screen, that film was sure to be a super-duper hit. However, once the Ceasar Board created a lot of ruckus after watching a film of this pair. His film was cut 250 times citing obscenity and violence. In such a situation, Dilip Kumar had to seek refuge in the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to save his film.
New Delhi. Dilip Kumar, a versatile actor of the Hindi film industry, may no longer be in this world, but all the memories related to him remain in the minds of his fans. Whenever these boxes of memories are opened, things like Dilip Kumar’s films, songs, personal life and other things also come to the fore.
Something similar happens with one of his films released in the year 1961. Vyjayanthimala had romanced with Dilip Kumar in this film. Fans of both the stars were very excited about this film, although there was a lot of uproar about this film even before its release. His film was declared obscene and violent and 250 cuts were made by the Censor Board.
Dilip Kumar and Vyjayanthimala, that film was released in the year 1961. The title of the film was ‘Ganga Jamuna’. This was a crime drama film. This film was directed by Nitin Bose while it was produced by Dilip Kumar himself. The story of the film was inspired by the Bollywood drama film ‘Mother India’ released in 1957. The film also won the National Film Award and performed very well at the Indian box office. It not only recovered its total budget but also made huge profits.
Let us tell you that the audience still likes this film a lot. The dialogues and songs of the film still remain on the lips of the audience. Talking about the budget and earnings of the film, this film was made by Dilip Kumar with a budget of less than 1 crore. According to a report by sacnilk.com, the budget of ‘Ganga Jamuna’ was only Rs 70 lakh. However, the film made the film makers proud by earning many times its budget. According to the report, this film had earned Rs 4 crore at the domestic box office and more than Rs 7 crore in foreign countries. The total collection of the film was 11 crores. It proved to be the all-time highest-grossing blockbuster film of 1961.
Let us tell you that this film wreaked havoc at the box office whenever it was released. Whereas before its release there was a lot of uproar in the outside world regarding this film. It is said that this film was able to reach the audience only because of the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. If he had not interfered, the film was sure to be shelved.
According to the IMDB report, let us tell you that due to the Censor Board, this film was pending for more than six months. It has been told in the report that when ‘Ganga Jamuna’ was completely ready and reached the door of the Censor Board, the film as well as Dilip Kumar got a big shock. At that time, Information and Broadcasting Minister BV Keskar and the Censor Board working under her had recommended 250 cuts in it, citing obscenity and violence.
After such a recommendation came out, the ground slipped under the feet of Dilip Kumar. Because he wanted to release this film without any changes. When the Censor Board did not agree, Dilip Kumar met the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and asked for help. The meeting between the two lasted for 15 minutes. Only then was Dilip Kumar’s film released.