Smita-Parveen, the original choice for Silsila: Yash Chopra

By Hindustan Times

Veteran filmmaker Yash Chopra has revealed that he had earlier chosen to cast actors Smita Patil and Parveen Babi alongside Amitabh Bachchan, instead of Jaya Bachchan and Rekha for his 1981 hit film Silsila. On the occasion of his 80th birthday on Thursday (September 27), Chopra — while
talking to actor Shah Rukh Khan — disclosed that both Smita and Parveen had signed the film.

“I had signed both Smita Patil and Parveen Babi and both of them were to start shooting. Smita was to do the role played by Jaya Bachchan and Parveen that of Rekha. I went to meet Amitji and spoke to him about the film,” Chopra said.

“It was Amitji who asked me if I was happy... content with the casting (Smita, Parveen and Amitabh) and do I feel