Actor Padmini Kohlapure has said that she rejected the films that ultimately went to Rekha, Sridevi and Rati Agnihotri in her career, but she regrets turning down Ram Teri Ganga Maili. Directed by Raj Kapoor and starring Rajiv Kapoor in the lead role, the film was a box office success.
Padmini said in an interview that she feared a kissing scene in the movie, which is why she passed up the opportunity. Mandakini was ultimately cast for the role, but according to Padmini, Raj Kapoor was ready to replace her even after 45 days of filming.
“I was offered the role of Rati Agnihotri in Ek Duuje Ke Liye, the role of Rekha in Silsila and the role of Sridevi in Tohfa, but I couldn’t do them for one reason or another. You can’t grab every movie that comes your way, If a movie is doing well on RTGM’s scale, you feel like you should have been a part of it. RTGM did amazingly well, Mandakini did a good job, the songs were beautiful. But then Rajji knew my inhibitions. He knew exactly why I wasn’t doing it, ”she told a major daily.
She said she didn’t have a problem with the breastfeeding scene in the movie, as it wasn’t part of the script when she was in talks for the project, but she had her reservations about the kiss. She said it had ‘nothing’ to do with Rajiv, but ‘just that I wasn’t comfortable kissing on screen’. She added, “But yet Raj ji asked me to reconsider this even after completing a 45 day program with Mandakini and others.”
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Padmini recently had a reason to celebrate – her son Priyaank Sharma tied the knot with Shaza Morani. She had traveled to the Maldives with their families for the first leg of the wedding celebrations, which continued in India after their return.
Rajiv Kapoor passed away earlier this year, with Ram Teri Ganga Maili remaining the highlight of his short acting career.