Lilliput started considering himself 'unfortunate' for Amitabh Bachchan, said- don't act with me

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Actor MM Farooqui, popularly known as Lilliput, has been a part of the film industry for the last four decades and has seen many ups and downs in his career. Lilliput tried hard to work in films with megastar Amitabh Bachchan but failed every time. Finally, Lilliput worked with Amitabh Bachchan in the film 'Bunty Aur Babli'. Because of this, Lilliput started considering himself unlucky. In an interview given to 'Bollywood Thikana', Lilliput told how many times he tried to work with Amitabh Bachchan and how those films could not be made due to some reason or the other.

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This is how I got my first film with Amitabh, but it could not be made

Lilliput said, 'I was playing cards when I got a call from Subhash Ghai. He called me to meet him in his office. I did not have money to go to Bandra, so one of the people with whom I was playing cards took me there. Subhash ji told me that I am making a film 'Sher Bahadur', and Amitabh Bachchan will be the hero in it and you will be the villain.'

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He left the films he had signed earlier for Amitabh's film

Lilliput further said that at that time he was doing films like 'Shagird', 'Ameer Aadmi' and 'Shararat'. Apart from these, he had also signed some more films. But Subhash Ghai asked Lilliput to leave those films so that he would not have any onscreen image before 'Sher Bahadur'. Lilliput said, 'What was my status? How could I tell those who had shot the film not to release it? Will you loosen my shoes? I left all the films I had signed for 'Sher Bahadur'. But 'Sher Bahadur' was closed and I was left with no work. Amit ji was not well and the film was not made.'

Told Amitabh- don't act with me

Lilliput was supposed to work with Amitabh Bachchan in another film 'Ashiana', but that film too could not be made for some reason. This confused Lilliput and he told Amitabh Bachchan not to try acting with him. But after many years, director Shaad Ali approached him for the film 'Bunty Aur Babli' and told him that Amitabh Bachchan is also in this film.

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'I am unfortunate'

Knowing this, Lilliput said to Shad Ali, 'I am unlucky. My film is not being made with Amit ji and your film will also not be made.' But Shad Ali told the actor that he does not believe in such superstitions and made the film. The film became a superhit and earned a lot. But Lilliput regretted that he could not work with Amitabh Bachchan in his youth. Otherwise, today he would have been at some other stage of his career. Then ending the conversation, he said – what is the point now, we both have grown old now.

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