Among Manmohan Desai's many blockbusters is the one that is most loved by audiences: Amar Akbar Anthony, the 1977 entertainer, where Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna and Rishi Kapoor played three long-lost brothers brought up as a Christian, a Hindu and a Muslim respectively.
Surprisingly Manji, as veryone affectionately called him, didn't think much of the film.
In fact, he hated it.
In a lengthy interview stretching over two sessions on consecutive days with Subhash K Jha at his home in Mumbai in 1986, Manji -- never known to mince words -- flatly denounced Amar Akbar Anthony.
He called it a fluke hit!
"Among all the films that I've done with Amit (Bachchan), Amar Akbar Anthony was my least favourite. I prefer Naseeb, Coolie and Mard," he had said.
His favourite film from his repertoire was the 1973 Shashi Kapoor-Sharmila Tagore starrer, Aa Gale Lag Jaa.
"Amar Akbar Anthony involved my minimum effort, labour and money. It was a fluke hit. When it was released, I thought it had good songs. But I never thought it would be such a success," Manji recalled.
"I was sure Aa Gale Lag Jaa would be a superhit while Amar Akbar Anthony would flop."