‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’ was the surprise hit of the year 2003. No one had imagined that the son of the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh, would appear in films and become a star. Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was easy going, simple and cheerful, was also not convinced for this. That’s why the father, who returned after doing an architecture job abroad, was told by the father in clear words – you have a chance. If you think that you can become a hero then try it, but if the film is beaten then never name the films again.
Jinia-Riteish’s film never released on DVD
The special thing about Tujhe Meri Kasam was that this college love story was not only well received by the audience but it was also a musical hit. The songs of this film made a splash in that era of audio cassettes. But one interesting thing is that the film was released in theatres, proved to be a hit. But it was never released on DVD. Not only this, when this film was not released in UK and Canada also. No reason was ever given as to why this happened.
First made in Malayalam, then in Telugu and then in Hindi
Tujhe Meri Kasam was a remake of Telugu blockbuster film Nuvve Kavali. Which was itself a remake of the Malayalam film ‘Niram’. Apart from Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’Souza, Bipasha Basu also did a cameo in the film. There is a scene in the film where Jinilia’s character slaps Riteish Deshmukh six times. The funny thing is that this scene was OK from the director’s side. But despite this, Ritesh decided to shoot the scene again. As a result, his cheeks turned red.
Demand for resignation of Vilasrao Deshmukh
Vilasrao Deshmukh was from the Congress party. He was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra from 1999 to 2003 and again from 2004 to 2008. After this, he was also Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences in Manmohan Singh’s government. In 2003, before the release of ‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’, his father and the Chief Minister of the state were made serious allegations by opposition parties. It was said that Riteish Deshmukh is promoting the film by using his father’s influence. Not only this, it is also alleged that the film is being deliberately released on more and more screens in Maharashtra. The voices of protest rose to such an extent that the opposition parties in the state even demanded the resignation of the Chief Minister. However, both Vilasrao Deshmukh and Riteish Deshmukh denied the allegations.
Alleged threats were given to cable operators
Another allegation was made about the film, which was more serious. 2003 was the time when cable operators were more in trend. Most of the TVs used to run from house to house through cable connections. These cable operators also used to show films through CD-DVD at their own level. Then there was a lot of piracy through CD and DVD cassettes, whose wires were directly connected to Pakistan. The biggest business of piracy was going on across the border. It was alleged that Riteish Deshmukh had threatened cable operators from local Congress leaders using his father’s clout. It has been said that if ‘Tujhe Meri Kasam’ is telecasted on cable through piracy, then the licenses of these operators will be forfeited. However, this too later proved to be only allegations and rumours.
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