After only three days of filming for Koshish, Moushumi Chatterjee was replaced by Jaya Bachchan. I was privy to all of the scheming that went on
Moushumi Chatterjee, a veteran actress who was most recently seen in Piku (2015) directed by Shoojit Sircar, opened out about her career in the film industry. She also discussed how, after three days of filming the 1972 film Koshish directed by Gulzar, she was replaced by Jaya Bachchan.
When asked why she had taken a sabbatical from performing, Moushumi told an entertainment website that she did not want to cross any personal or professional boundaries. This led her to admit that she had been recast in several movies.
She continued by saying that she was able to notice the alterations made during filming for Koshish in just three days. At work, she saw Jaya’s secretary on the screens from dawn until night.
Then, somewhat unexpectedly, Gulzar asked Moushumi to start filming the following day, although late at night. She told him she can only work one shooting shift every day because she has a newborn at home. Then, in front of everyone, Gulzar said to Moushumi, “You know so many actresses are there in line to take that spot.”
Gulzar’s words angered her, and she reacted quickly by screaming, “Then take them.” She continued by saying that she was so close to leaving the sets that Gulzar had even contacted her father-in-law, the famous music director Hemant Kumar, in an effort to talk some sense into her. Her father-in-law only told her to “Let her go.”
Koshish, starring Sanjeev Kumar and Jaya Bachchan as a deaf and mute couple, received two National Awards: one for Best Screenplay, which went to Gulzar, and another for Best Actor, which went to Sanjeev Kumar.