Haathi Mere Saathi
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Indo

Birmingham, UK

#1 Feb 18, 2011
Anybody else likes this film?
I could watch it again and again just like Kati Patang
mazhar

Delhi, India

#2 Feb 18, 2011
It is a great movie indeed. Ahead of its time on Animal human bonding. Nafrat ki duniya is a great song. Rajesh Khanna would have been a brave man to shoot with lions, elephants in those days when mixing was not there. They may have been trained but still.....
MEE12

London, UK

#3 Feb 18, 2011
Both movies are my all time favourite RK movies.....great story and songs. Also Aradhana.
MEE12

Pune, India

#4 Feb 19, 2011
i want some one with elephant size laura to do it to me
MEE12

Valsad, India

#8 Feb 21, 2011
i hve a wet fuddi
Indo

UK

#9 Feb 21, 2011
MEE12 wrote:
Both movies are my all time favourite RK movies.....great story and songs. Also Aradhana.
haathi mere saathi comes out tops for me
mazhar

Mumbai, India

#10 Feb 21, 2011
See some of his movies post super star days, they are gems- Naukri, Palkon ki.., Anurodh, Souten, Avatar, Agar Tum Na Hote, Thodisi Bewafaii, Dard, Dhanwan, Kudrat, Shatru, Chakravyuha to name a few.
MEE12

Kolkata, India

#12 Feb 22, 2011
my fuddi needs no indo
MEE12

Chester, UK

#13 Feb 23, 2011
mazhar wrote:
See some of his movies post super star days, they are gems- Naukri, Palkon ki.., Anurodh, Souten, Avatar, Agar Tum Na Hote, Thodisi Bewafaii, Dard, Dhanwan, Kudrat, Shatru, Chakravyuha to name a few.
kudrat, dhanwan, Dard,agar tum na hote, souten, avtaar and thodisi bewafai were also great.
MEE12

Kolkata, India

#14 Feb 23, 2011
my fuddi needs no indo
Indo

UK

#15 Feb 23, 2011
MEE12 wrote:
<quoted text>kudrat, dhanwan, Dard,agar tum na hote, souten, avtaar and thodisi bewafai were also great.
some good selection there

“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#18 Jul 26, 2012
TRIBUTE The man behind many of MGR’s hits, Chinnappa Devar shot to national fame with the Rajesh Khanna-starrer Haathi Mere Saathi.

“Had Aradhana flopped, would you have asked me to reduce my salary? You gave me my full payment even before we started, and showed your faith in me. I will do the film for what I committed to, Devar ji .” This was Rajesh Khanna’s reply to ‘Sandow’ M.M.A. Chinnappa Devar, recalled R. Thyagarajan, the producer’s son-in-law. The film Haathi Mere Saathi was planned in 1969 as Devar, who was making a few small-budget films without his usual ‘superstar’ MGR, wanted to make a big film. MGR was busy with his political activity and could not give him dates. Director Sridhar, Devar’s neighbour and close friend suggested that Devar make a Hindi film.
Devar had earlier made Deiva Cheyal in which the protagonist was a middle aged man, who was helped by an elephant. This was reworked — the hero was young, and the first-half was full of romance and action while the second-half had a fair share of sentiment. Devar went to Bombay and narrated the script to Sanjeev Kumar. Since the actor thought he would not be suitable for the first-half, he suggested the name of a rising star — Rajesh Khanna. Upon hearing the script, Rajesh, who was shooting for Aradhana agreed and recommended two young boys to assist Devar in the script — Salim-Javed. Aradhana was a super hit, and Rajesh Khanna’s salary had quadrupled, which prompted Devar to go back to Bombay and ask him if he wanted more money.
A big hit
Devar had booked Shankar Jaikishan to compose the music for Haathi Mere Saathi . Director Sridhar advised him to approach duo Laxmikanth-Pyarelal as he felt they were more suited to Devar’s quick style of functioning. When he approached them, they’d said they were busy. During the meeting, Devar found out it was Lakshmikanth’s child’s first birthday. He purchased gold coins and went to the party uninvited. No one knew who the dhoti -clad simple man was when he showered the child with the coins. Apparently, Laxmikanth’s wife asked the composer:“How can you refuse to compose music for a man who showers our child with gold?” Well, the duo’s ‘Chal Chal Chal Mere Haathi’ for the film became a big hit.
The film's shooting commenced in Vauhini Studios in early 1970, and the outdoor portion was shot in Ooty. The film was directed by M.A. Thirumugam, Devar’s younger brother, a competent director and editor (he edited the 1954 Sivaji classic Manohara ). The film was released in 26 theatres in Delhi and its suburbs. The competition was Maryada featuring Raaj Kumar and Rajesh Khanna. The results of the first few days were not encouraging, and Devar was disappointed. Rajesh Khanna rang him up and told him not to lose hope, and to come to Delhi. By the time the group from Madras reached Delhi, the film had become a box-office hit. Rajesh Khanna and director-producer Shakti Samantha formed the company Sakthi Raj films and released the film in Bombay where too the film was a top grosser.
Contdd.2

“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#20 Jul 26, 2012
TRIBUTE The man behind many of MGR’s hits, Chinnappa Devar shot to national fame with the Rajesh Khanna-starrer Haathi Mere Saathi

“Had Aradhana flopped, would you have asked me to reduce my salary? You gave me my full payment even before we started, and showed your faith in me. I will do the film for what I committed to, Devar ji .” This was Rajesh Khanna’s reply to ‘Sandow’ M.M.A. Chinnappa Devar, recalled R. Thyagarajan, the producer’s son-in-law. The film Haathi Mere Saathi was planned in 1969 as Devar, who was making a few small-budget films without his usual ‘superstar’ MGR, wanted to make a big film. MGR was busy with his political activity and could not give him dates. Director Sridhar, Devar’s neighbour and close friend suggested that Devar make a Hindi film.

Devar had earlier made Deiva Cheyal in which the protagonist was a middle aged man, who was helped by an elephant. This was reworked — the hero was young, and the first-half was full of romance and action while the second-half had a fair share of sentiment. Devar went to Bombay and narrated the script to Sanjeev Kumar. Since the actor thought he would not be suitable for the first-half, he suggested the name of a rising star — Rajesh Khanna. Upon hearing the script, Rajesh, who was shooting for Aradhana agreed and recommended two young boys to assist Devar in the script — Salim-Javed. Aradhana was a super hit, and Rajesh Khanna’s salary had quadrupled, which prompted Devar to go back to Bombay and ask him if he wanted more money.

A big hit

Devar had booked Shankar Jaikishan to compose the music for Haathi Mere Saathi . Director Sridhar advised him to approach duo Laxmikanth-Pyarelal as he felt they were more suited to Devar’s quick style of functioning. When he approached them, they’d said they were busy. During the meeting, Devar found out it was Lakshmikanth’s child’s first birthday. He purchased gold coins and went to the party uninvited. No one knew who the dhoti -clad simple man was when he showered the child with the coins. Apparently, Laxmikanth’s wife asked the composer:“How can you refuse to compose music for a man who showers our child with gold?” Well, the duo’s ‘Chal Chal Chal Mere Haathi’ for the film became a big hit.

contd....2

“Super Star Rajesh Khanna”

Since: Jul 10

Secunderabad

#21 Jul 26, 2012
The film's shooting commenced in Vauhini Studios in early 1970, and the outdoor portion was shot in Ooty. The film was directed by M.A. Thirumugam, Devar’s younger brother, a competent director and editor (he edited the 1954 Sivaji classic Manohara ). The film was released in 26 theatres in Delhi and its suburbs. The competition was Maryada featuring Raaj Kumar and Rajesh Khanna. The results of the first few days were not encouraging, and Devar was disappointed. Rajesh Khanna rang him up and told him not to lose hope, and to come to Delhi. By the time the group from Madras reached Delhi, the film had become a box-office hit. Rajesh Khanna and director-producer Shakti Samantha formed the company Sakthi Raj films and released the film in Bombay where too the film was a top grosser.

Marudur Marudachalamurthy Ayyavoo Chinnappa Devar was born on the June 28, 1915. His father was an agriculturist. Devar began to work after Class V. To join the film industry, he mastered various martial arts and improved his physique. He and his brother first acted in the 1940 film Thilottama . It was a fight sequence where only their shadows were filmed. Devar earned the title ‘Sandow’ because of his physique and fighting skills.

He had started playing small roles in films shot in Coimbatore, and in 1947 while acting in the film Rajakumari , a deep friendship is said to have developed between him and MGR. MGR too apparently recommended Devar in the films he worked. This went on till 1956 when Devar started his own production company Devar Films, and asked MGR to be the hero. MGR agreed, and they made Thaikkupin Thaaram . The film was a success, and launched Devar as a filmmaker. When MGR became busy with his own production Nadodi Mannan , Devar was forced to make a few other movies.

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Babumushai

Wolverhampton, UK

#23 Oct 4, 2012
Indo wrote:
Anybody else likes this film?
I could watch it again and again just like Kati Patang
About time that this film was shown again
radzi

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#24 Oct 5, 2012
rblakshmi wrote:
... a rising star — Rajesh Khanna. Upon hearing the script, Rajesh, who was shooting for Aradhana agreed and recommended two young boys to assist Devar in the script — Salim-Javed. Aradhana was a super hit, and Rajesh Khanna’s salary had quadrupled, which prompted Devar to go back to Bombay and ask him if he wanted more money.
The two young boys Rajesh Khanna brought up to Devar, whom later wrote the movie "Deevar" but did not want Rajesh Khanna in it?

...and Amitabh finally get to reap the juice from what Rajesh Khanna planted.
Babumushai

Birmingham, UK

#25 Oct 5, 2012
radzi wrote:
<quoted text>
The two young boys Rajesh Khanna brought up to Devar, whom later wrote the movie "Deevar" but did not want Rajesh Khanna in it?
...and Amitabh finally get to reap the juice from what Rajesh Khanna planted.
Who were the 2 boys Radzi?
radzi

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

#26 Oct 5, 2012
Babumushai wrote:
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Who were the 2 boys Radzi?
Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar.

They debut with Haathi Mere Saathi
MEE12

Burntwood, UK

#27 Oct 5, 2012
radzi wrote:
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Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar.
They debut with Haathi Mere Saathi
2 boys?

These guys are older than Rajesh Khanna, so how are they boys during Aradhana days?
.
MEE12

Burntwood, UK

#28 Oct 5, 2012
radzi wrote:
<quoted text>
The two young boys Rajesh Khanna brought up to Devar, whom later wrote the movie "Deevar" but did not want Rajesh Khanna in it?
...and Amitabh finally get to reap the juice from what Rajesh Khanna planted.
2 boys?

These guys are older than Rajesh Khanna?
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