Refuting all rumours of a spat between the two late legendary actors, Vivek reportedly said that since Raaj kept to himself most of the time, there must have been some instance where Dilip Kumar greeted him and he didn’t realise. Then later Dilip ji told Subhash Ghai that he ignored him today so he said ‘Hello’. According to him, the actors did such childish things on the set. He also assured that there was nothing major happening between the two on the set at that time. Vivek added that Subhash Ghai was a master in handling the two great actors.
Elaborating further, Vivek added that it is not easy to have such big people in a single project. You have to treat them with a lot of care, and yet manage to get great performances out of everyone. According to him, not all filmmaker can do that.
Recalling Dilip Kumar on the sets of ‘Saudagar’, he said the veteran actor was people’s man. He used to go on walks in between shoot, and needed company, so he dragged him along. He added that they shooting in Manali at the time and Dilip Kumar took his cook everywhere and got him to prepare meals for the entire crew. He used to then sit down to share stories about his life and career. According to Vivek, he was a very good talker and liked to be around people.
‘Saudagar’ also featured actors such as Amrish Puri, Anupam Kher, Mukesh Khanna, Dalip Tahil, Gulshan Grover, Dina Pathak and Jackie Shroff in key roles.