Salim-Javed did not trust Hema Malini, wanted to cast this heroine in 'Seeta Aur Geeta'

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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Salim-Javed did not trust Hema Malini, wanted to cast this heroine in 'Seeta Aur Geeta'


Ramesh Sippy's film 'Seeta Aur Geeta' is considered one of the cult films of Indian cinema. In this film released in 1972, Hema Malini played the double role of girls named Sita and Geeta. Hema Malini was a hit in the role of a smart and cunning girl and the other a very simple girl and she also won the Filmfare Best Actress Award. But do you know that Hema Malini was not the first choice for 'Seeta Aur Geeta'. The story of this film was written by the hit duo of Salim-Javed and they did not have faith in Hema Malini's ability. Director Ramesh Sippy talked about this in an interview and told that Salim-Javed wanted to sign Mumtaz and not Hema Malini in 'Seeta Aur Geeta'. The story of the film was about twin girls, who get separated in childhood and are brought up in different environments.

Ramesh Sippy with Hema Malini during the shooting of Sita aur Geeta, Photo: x.com/FilmHistoryPic

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First I thought of Mumtaz's name, that's why it didn't work out

Ramesh Sippy said in an interview to Arbaaz Khan, “I had worked with Hema Malini in 'Andaz' and she was very dedicated. So you like people who want to be a part of the film. When we decided to make it, it seemed Mumtaz would probably be the right choice. But she had a lot of commitments and I couldn't wait.”

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Salim-Javed had said this for Hema Malini

Ramesh Sippy told that when he suggested Hema Malini's name for 'Seeta Aur Geeta', Salim-Javed did not have faith in her talent and they told the director, 'Are you sure? Does she have the personality to play the character of Geeta? Sita's character is fine, but does she have the personality to play this character?' The film also starred Sanjeev Kumar and Dharmendra.


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