Kundan Shah’s original script for “Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro” (1983) , had a scene where Vinod and Sudhir get locked in a cement godown where they have been sent by Shobha to take photographs of Tarneja’s black-marketing operations.
In the godown, Vinod and Sudhir encounter a Gorilla that has just escaped from the circus. This is no ordinary Gorilla as he has the ability to talk !! The Gorilla talks about his various encounters with different kinds of people.
The warehouse scene ends with these words :
“The partners escape the warehouse with the help of the Gorilla who breaks open the window locked by Ashok. All three of them disappear in the darkness of the night. All that remains are the haunting, penetrating insights of the Gorilla. Fade Out.”
The film’s Dialogue Writer Ranjit Kapoor connected so well with the scene that Kundan Shah suggested that he play the Gorilla’s role himself.
However, a costume was required for the role and Kundan Shah did not have the required budget to buy a new one. Mr. Shah thought about it and remembered a vaguely Gorilla-like costume that was used in another film.
Pawan Malhotra, one of JBDY’s Production Assistants, was asked to go and get the costume required for the Gorilla scene.
Which film did Kundan Shah have in mind for the ‘Gorilla’ costume ?