Raja Rani (1973) – Lovely Hit
Raja Rani is a 1973 Hindi film. Produced by Jagdish Kumar, the film is written and directed by veteran writer Sachin Bhowmick. This was to be Sachin’s first and last attempt to take on direction. The film starred the Superstar Rajesh Khanna and Sharmila Tagore along with Iftekar and Asit Sen. Mumtaz (actress) makes an uncredited appearance as herself.
There’s an interesting history about movie, Movie was in making along with Aradhana (1969), but due to financial problems, it never took off beyond four reels till 1971. But when Rajesh Khanna became superstar in all these years, producer Jagdish Kumar met with financiers to cash the lead pair popularity, and as predicted he succeed getting 100% finance (till this point Rajesh Khanna was at pinnacle of success). He also put Mumtaz in special appearance to build up hype. Even some portions of movie from earlier four reels was reshoot to sustain continuity.
Well movie got grand release on January, 1973 and stake of financiers and producers were paid off. It became silver jubilee Hit with handsome returns (Though a bit short of rajesh khanna’s earlier Hits). Movie was made with good budget of around 75 Lakhs and returns were around 3 Crore Nett (2 Crore DS). Movie was definite HIT with over 200% ROI. But its pity to see how movie is more remembered as underperformer despite handsome returns.