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Apr 18, 2013 at 10:55am IST

100 years of cinema facts: Amjad was rejected for Gabbar Singh's role

Did you know that Amjad Khan almost got rejected from playing the iconic Gabbar Singh in 'Sholay' for having a weak voice? And our national anthem was actually used as a song in Bimal Roy's film 'Hamrahi' which released in 1945. Here are some interesting facts about Bollywood that you may have not heard of before:

Raj Kapoor started the Bollywood trend of shooting parts of a movie abroad with his film 'Sangam'.

Kishore Kumar made 'Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi' to be a flop movie to save taxes but it went on to become a hit!

100 years of cinema facts: Amjad was rejected for Gabbar Singh's role

The man who created history with his iconic character in 'Sholay' was initially rejected due to his voice.

SD Burman discovered Kishore Kumar's singing talent when he heard him mimicking KL Saigal.

Guru Dutt and Dev Anand became great friends after their shirts got swapped at laundry.

'Barsaat' was given an 'A' certificate by the censors because actress Nargis was not wearing a dupatta in the film.

The famous song 'Ayega' from 'Mahal' was originally attributed to Kamini instead of Lata Mangeshkar.

Dilip Kumar starrer 'Aan' (1952), directed by Mehboob Khan, was the first Indian movie shot in Technicolor.

Bimal Roy's first hindi movie 'Hamrahi' had Jana Gana Mana as a song in 1945, before it become the national anthem.

Meena Kumari, Nargis, and Madhubala were all discovered as child artistes before they become actresses.

Of all the movies starring Amitabh and Shashi Kapoor as brothers, 'Silsila' is the only one where Shashi is the elder one.

Before making his debut in 'Kaho Na Pyar Hai', Hrithik was an assistant to his father during the shoot of 'Koyla'.

Released in 1959, 'Kaagaz Ke Phool' was the first Indian movie shot in Cinemascope.

During the shoot of 'Mughal-e-Azam', Dilip Kumar and Madhubala were not on talking terms.

Due to the untimely death of Smita Patil, Rekha had to dub for her lines in the movie 'Waaris'.

Bimal Roy originally had 'Do Bigha Zameen' ending with Nirupa Roy dying and Balaj Sahni getting his land back.

In 'Rang De Basanti', Rakeysh Mehra shot all the songs with none of the actors lip syncing in them.

Award winning singer Sonu Nigam played the younger avatar of Sunny Deol in the film 'Betaab'.

Amjad Khan was almost dropped from 'Sholay' because Javed Akhtar initially thought his voice was too weak for the role.

Aditya Chopra rejected 24 verses before approving the song 'Mere Khwaabon Mein Jo Aaye' for his debut film DDLJ.

Shekhar Kapur's 'Mr. India' was originally written for Amitabh Bachchan but Big B refused to do the 'invisible' role.