Ameesha Patel Attributes ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’ Box Office Failure to Media Focus on Salman Khan’s Hit-and-Run Case

“Ameesha Patel Shares Insights on the 2002 Romantic Comedy ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’ and Its Box Office Performance Alongside Salman Khan”

"Ameesha Patel: 'Yeh Hai Jalwa' Struggles"
“Ameesha Patel: ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’ Struggles”


  • Ameesha Patel opens up about her 2002 movie “Yeh Hai Jalwa.”
  • Directed by David Dhawan, the film featured Salman Khan.
  • Ameesha discusses the film’s lackluster commercial performance.

As Ameesha Patel revels in the resounding triumph of “Gadar 2,” the recently released action drama sequel to the 2001 blockbuster, she also delves into her cinematic journey. The sequel, starring Sunny Deol and directed by Anil Sharma, carries the legacy forward, centering on Tara Singh’s pursuit to reclaim his son from Pakistan.

Ameesha’s Insight on ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’

In an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama, Ameesha Patel candidly addresses her past work, including the commercial underperformance of her 2002 film “Yeh Hai Jalwa.” Directed by David Dhawan, the rom-com featured an ensemble cast including Salman Khan, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, and Shammi Kapoor. Expressing her sentiments, Ameesha highlights the challenge the film faced due to the media’s focus on Salman Khan’s accident, leading to overshadowing of the film’s potential success.

Recalling ‘Yeh Hai Jalwa’s’ Release and Salman’s Legal Case

“Yeh Hai Jalwa” hit theaters on July 3, 2002, but shortly thereafter, Salman Khan’s involvement in a hit-and-run incident brought about legal complications. In September of the same year, Salman was arrested for negligent driving after his vehicle caused an accident in Mumbai. Although he initially faced charges of culpable homicide, these were later dropped due to lack of evidence. The incident’s timing is noted as a contributing factor to the underperformance of “Yeh Hai Jalwa.”

Sanjay Bhansali’s Unconventional Advice

In the same dialogue, Ameesha shares an interesting encounter with filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali. After the monumental success of “Gadar: Ek Prem Katha,” Bhansali lauded Ameesha’s achievements. However, he posed a unique question to her – considering she had achieved milestones that many actors don’t in an entire career, he suggested pondering what’s next, akin to having “Mughal-e-Azam” or “Sholay” in one’s early films.

Ameesha’s journey, punctuated by successes and challenges, continues to unfold as she navigates the ever-evolving landscape of the film industry.

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