"exposed" on the BBC
12:44:47 am on August 23, 2010
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BBC Asian Network managed to a pull a coup of sorts when it aired an
interview with legendry filmmaker Yash Chopra who confirmed one of the
most infamous affairs in Bollywood.
In the interview on Sonia
Deol's show on Wednesday 11th August (listen to clip below), Yash
Chopra spoke openly about the Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha affair in the
late 70s / early 80s. It's the first time since the affair that a
person of Yash Chopra's stature has spoken so candidly about it.
said the affair was definitely going on before he started work on
'Silsila', which coincidentally mirrored what was happening in real
life. Yash said, "I was always on tenterhooks and scared (during
Silsila) because it was real life coming into reel life. Jaya is his
wife and Rekha is his girlfriend – the same story is going on (in real
life). Anything could have happened because they are working together."
said that 'Silsila' was not inspired by the infamous affair; even
though the movie was released post the controversy. He further added
that he was only able to complete the film (despite the rising
tensions) because he had good relations with the cast. "I cast them
because they are great actresses, not because of what was going on. I
felt lucky to get them."
Even now, the Bachchan clan is
remaining tight-lipped about what really happened, so no doubt this
public revelation on the BBC Asian Network will cause embarrassment to
Yash said, "When a man and woman are doing romantic
scenes it's not possible they won't get in a relationship – in the past
it wasn't so open, but today it is. No one cared in the past."
popular Asian weekly, Eastern Eye has also covered this story. Earlier
this week, showbiz editor, Asjad Nazir tweeted that the filmmaker and
the BBC Asian Network had betrayed Amitabh Bachchan for exposing the
Some suggested that Amitabh had met in an angry exchange
with the BBC Asian Network for broadcasting the interview, however the
station denied this. It said, "Following the interview with Yash Chopra
on the BBC Asian Network's Sonia Deol Show on Wednesday 11 August, we
have had no contact or correspondence from Amitabh Bachchan's
However, host Sonia Deol expressed her
surprise at Yash's revelation, "It's a rumour we have grown up with,
but no one has ever confirmed it," Sonia told Eastern Eye.
Listen back to the extract from the interview by clicking below. Clip courtesy of the BBC Asian Network.