THIS film was based on a true story, where the director and the lead hero passed away, it released after 23 years

After the epic hit of Mughal- E- Azam which was directed by K. Asif, the latter wanted to make another blockbuster film but his lead hero passed away, where the film was released after 23 years.

MUMBAI: After the epic hit of 1960 historical drama, Mughal-E-Azam which was helmed by K. Asif where the movie's theme revolves around Salim and Anarkali love story the director wanted to depict another iconic love story of Laila and Majnu for the big screen.  He cast Guru Dutt as Kais aka Majnu and Nimmi as Laila for his project, which he titled Love and God.

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The filmmaker started the production of the film in 1963. A year later, the film suffered a loss when Guru Dutt was found dead on his bed in his apartment in Bombay on October 10, 1964. After the lead hero's death, Asif decided to leave his dream behind and stopped his project.

In 1970, he went to Sanjeev Kumar and asked him to play the role of Majnu. The Sholay actor agreed, and Love and God was started in the same year. Unfortunately, K. Asif himself passed away in 1971 and the film was left incomplete again.

After 15 years, Asif’s wife, Akhtar Begum, sister of Dilip Kumar, decided to release Love and God with the help of producer, director, and distributor KC Bokadia. In a few months, they collaborated together portions of the film from three different studios and the film Love and God was released on May 27 1986, a year after Sanjeev Kumar's death in 1965.

K. Asif’s Love and God was the first film which was made completely in colour.

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