Sonakshi Sinha reveals dad Shatrughan was first offered the original 1969 movie ‘Ittefaq’; mom Poonam was a favourite with BR Chopra banner
Shatrughan Sinha with daughter Sonakshi
Sonakshi Sinha has started shooting for Ittefaq, a remake of BR Chopra's eponymous 1969 production that was directed by Yash Chopra. The film is being helmed by Chopra's grandson, Abhay.
But not many would know that Sonakshi's father, Shatrughan Sinha, was the first choice for the original film, which eventually starred Rajesh Khanna. Shatrughan couldn't take it up due to date issues. Says Sonakshi, "It feels like life has come a full circle. I didn't even know dad was offered Ittefaq till I signed it (the remake)."
Shatrughan is thrilled that his daughter is part of the film. "When he heard about it, he was happy. It's a great role." There's another connect between the Sinhas and BR Chopra's banner. Sonakshi's mother, Poonam's second film as actress, Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), under the same production.
Poonam Sinha in Sabak (1973); (right) now
A beauty pageant winner in 1968, Poonam Chandiramani's screen name was Komal. She began her career with the Jeetendra and Mumtaz-starrer Jigri Dost (1969). Her second film, Aadmi Aur Insaan (1969), was a BR Chopra production and was directed by Yash Chopra; it starred Dharmendra, Mumtaz, Saira Banu and Firoz Khan. She did a couple of films in the late '60s and early '70s like Aag Aur Daag (1970) featuring Joy Mukherjee, Sabak (1973) and Shaitaan (1974), both of which starred hubby Shatrughan. Poonam tied the knot with Shotgun in 1980. After a long gap, Ashutosh Gowariker cast her in Jodhaa Akbar (2008).