Filmmaker Subhash Ghai revealed in an interview that he intended to make a war movie titled Mother Land with superstars Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar and Shah Rukh Khan, however, the plan didn’t take off.
“In 2003, I wanted to start a war film called Mother Land, where I had cast Dilip Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. The script was ready and three songs were also recorded, but at the last minute Shah Rukh backed out,” Ghai said.
The filmmaker divulged about Shah Rukh Khan’s interest in doing single hero film in those days which led to shelve the dream project.
“He (Shah Rukh) felt there are so many characters in the film. He wanted to do a solo hero film then, but mine was not. It was a story of Dilip saab, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh. On my wish list were also Aishwarya Rai, Priety Zinta and Mahima Chaudhry for the film but that’s destiny,” he said.
Adding further, Ghai said, “Before Pardes, I had designed a film called Shikhar, starring Jackie Shroff and Shah Rukh, where we were to cast a new girl. It was a love story with a war backdrop. We had done our muhurat too and recorded a song after signing A R Rahman. Ishq bina kya jeena yaaro was a song from Shikhar (which eventually became one of the most popular songs from his Taal). But when Trimurti (1995) released and flopped, the media and distributors said ‘how could you give a flop after ten hits? You better retire’!”
Ghai went on to say that how his team chose to lay their focus on making small films. He said, “My team thought, since Shikhar was a very big war film with huge investment, let’s make a small budget film. I thought let’s make a small film, which happened to be Pardes, shoot within a year and come back to Shikhar later.”
Recently, Subhash Ghai screened Pardes at New Excelsior Cinema of Mukta A2 Cinema.