Rajinikanth’s Baashha and its connection with Amitabh Bachchan and Govinda

Superstar Rajinikanth’s Baashha is considered a cult movie. Directed by Suresh Krissna, the film was a treat for the audience, with both Rajini and late Raghuvaran essaying the roles of auto driver Manickam and Mark Antony respectively. In fact, the duo, regaled the audiences with their powerhouse talent and acting prowess.

However, not many know that Baashha’s story thread originated on the set of the Bollywood movie Hum starring Amitabh Bachchan, Govinda and Rajinikanth. The film was directed by Mukul S Anand and the three stars were shooting in Ooty and it’s there the story of Baashha came up.The actors were discussing a scene that could be included in the storyline and they informed Mukul the same. Though the director liked the idea, he didn’t include it in the movie.

After an year, in 1992, Rajinikanth apparently mentioned this conversation to director Suresh Krissna while they were shooting for Annamalai. The director liked the idea and kept it in mind. It was after the release of Veera, in 1994, that Suresh Krssna and Rajini started working on the movie. They started off without a proper storyline and title and later Rajini suggested the title. The director took cue from the scene Rajini discussed on the set of Hum- Govinda appears for an interview for selection into the police department, but gets rejected. Amitabh enters the interview room and the authorities are convinced by his monologue and give appointment to Govinda– and started developing it. Within six months they completed the movie and released it for Pongal in 1995. Baashha narrated the story of auto driver Manickam who shuns violence. But when his younger brother, a cop, gets into trouble he is forced to reveal his past, that of a dreaded gangster