Twenty years ago, Devdas by Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s lavish and enormous sets captivated audiences (2002). The historical drama, which celebrates its 20th anniversary on July 12 and starred Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Madhuri Dixit, was a masterfully crafted tale that touched on love and loss. The super-hit tune, which is still lovingly recalled today, raised the level of entertainment.
Devdas was frequently in the news before the movie’s release due to the casting surprise and the fact that it was Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s following project after the critically praised Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999). It was also widely reported that the movie generated buzz at the 55th Cannes Film Festival.
The movie had issues even as it was being filmed. It had apparently happened more than once that a portion of the set caught fire. Additionally, the movie’s financier and producer, Bharat Shah, was detained and sentenced to 16 months in prison for allegedly having ties to the criminal underworld.
Then, a storm fan that got out of hand caused a shocking catastrophe. Two crew members were hurt, and one of them even passed away. Although this horrifying incident is publicly documented, many people are unaware of the Salman Khan connection.
Writer and director Rumy Jafry shared a little-known tale with an entertainment website for the 33rd anniversary of the superstar last year. He claimed that Salman Khan was made aware of the storm fan mishap in some way. He arrived at the set right away and drove the hurt spot boy to the hospital. The man spent a few months in a coma, according to Rumy Jafry. Salman oversaw the patient’s care till he emerged from a coma and made a full recovery.
In his first two films, Khamoshi: The Musical (1996) and Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Salman Khan collaborated with Sanjay Leela Bhansali. One of the main characters in Devdas, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, was dating Salman at the time.
Another interesting fact that has just come to light is that the actress who played Paro’s mother in Devdas, Kirron Kher, proposed to the director that he visit Neeta Sinha, an astro architect, since the “horoscope” of the set may be flawed after the film’s actresses started becoming sick. After visiting the set, Neeta thought it was headed in the wrong path. She suggested blocking the entrance and adding money plants at specific locations. These plants were made to droop. Additionally, the set’s original name, “Paro Ka Mahal,” was changed to “Paro’s Haveli.”
Thankfully, there were no negative incidents during the film’s production. Since then, Sanjay Leela Bhansali consults Neeta Sinha before releasing each of his movies