This is legendary director K. Asif's last incomplete film. The production stopped in the sixties due to Guru Dutt's unexpected demise. It started again in 1970 but again came to a halt due to Asif's death in 1971. Akhtar Asif (the widow of K. Asif) and producer-director-distributor K.C.Bokadia released the incomplete patch work film in 1986.
K.Asif's quest for perfection (he would not move from the scene if he did not have the shot), financial issues, cast changes, stalling of production due to riots during the partition, etc. lead to the long production duration of this landmark Bollywood film.
Kamal Amrohi started this film 1956 in dedication to his wife and muse, Meena Kumari, who played the lead role in the film. However, they separated in the middle of the shoot and the project was shelved. Until 1969, when at the behest of Nargis and Sunil Dutt, Amrohi and Meena Kumari put aside their differences for the film.
The film has a lot of problems during promotion and there were a few reshoots done after the principal photography.
Anurag Basu's musical took roughly four years to release after the film started its shoot. The production began early without a complete script, an actor was changed, Kapoor was doing multiple other films so the production had to cater to his date, etc. lead to the delayed release of the film.
The film was shot in 320 days over a span of three years due to Corona virus pandemic the production had to stop and restart a few times.
Shooting began in 2013 and the film was released in 2015. Shooting took time due to S.S.Rajamouli's desire for perfection and the scale of the project.
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