Amitabh and Sridevi’s mother threatened fiercely
In an interview to Bollywood Hungama, Manoj Desai says, ‘Amitabh Bachchan’s mother Teji Bachchan ji had warned me that if anything happens to Amit and if Jaya wears a white sari then your wife Kalpana will also wear a white sari. You don’t even come here and come back.’ At the same time, Sridevi’s mother had also said, ‘Manoj Bhai, if anything happens to Shri, don’t come back from Kabul. I will get your blood done here.’ Manoj says, ‘You can imagine how dangerous all this was for me. However, Amitabh Bachchan wanted an authentic location for the shoot.
‘Khuda Gawah’ was shot amidst heavy security
The matter is of 2010, when this news was reported in the name of Amitabh Bachchan in the news agency PTI and it was told, ‘Najibullah, who was the President at that time, was a big fan of Hindi films. He had also appealed to the Government of India to get us a tour done in his city. When we were discussing the script of Khuda Gawah, it was I who said that let’s go to Afghanistan for the shoot. We went to Mazar-e-Sharif to shoot a sequence for a traditional Afghan spot in Buzkashi. The President gave us great security while the shooting was going on. Fighter jets were positioned in the sky and army tanks were on the side of the set. It just looked like a battlefield.’
The President of Afghanistan was a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan
Let us tell you that all these threats and security were because when the film was being shot. At that time there was a civil war going on in Afghanistan. In a conversation with BBC, Manoj had told, ‘For the protection of the film unit of Khuda Gawah, a convoy of five tanks used to move forward and a convoy of five tanks back. Once Najibullah, who was a big fan of Amit ji, even came on the sets to give roses to the actor. Well this was not the first film that was shot there. Earlier in 1975, Feroz Khan had shot his film ‘Dharmatma’ with Danny and Hema Malini there.