20 Years Of Devdas
Post a freak incident on the sets, Salman Khan had taken the injured spot boy to the hospital; took care of him till he came out of a coma and recovered completely
20 years back, viewers were astonished when they saw the opulent and grand sets in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Devdas (2002). Starring Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit, the movie, which completes 20 years on July 12, was a well-made saga that touched upon love and heartbreak. The super-hit music, fondly remembered even today was like cherry on the cake.
Before the release of the film, Devdas was constantly in news because of the casting coup and because it was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s immediate next after the highly acclaimed Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). That the film made waves at the 55th Cannes Film Festival also was quite talked about.
The film also ran into some problems during the filming stage. A part of the set had caught fire, and this reportedly happened multiple times. If this was not enough, the film’s producer and financier, Bharat Shah, was arrested and jailed for 16 months for allegedly having a connection with the underworld.
Then, an incident that left everyone shocked was when a storm fan went out of control. Two crew members got injured, with one of them even losing his life. This terrific episode is well known but what many don’t have is the Salman Khan connection.
Last year, during the superstar’s 33rd anniversary, writer and director Rumy Jafry talked about an anecdote to an entertainment website that very few people are aware of. He said when the storm fan accident took place, Salman Khan learned about it somehow. He immediately reached the set and took the injured spot boy to the hospital. Rumy Jafry also added that the man was in a coma for a few months. Salman took care of the treatment until the man came out of the coma and recovered.