As Bollywood’s megastar Amitabh Bachchan celebrates his 75th birthday, we take a look back at his iconic journey. The Angry Young Man of India and his contribution to the industry are unforgettable. We wish him a very Happy Birthday and here are some trivia on his career so far that perhaps you didn’t know.
Interesting Facts about Amitabh Bachchan
During the making of Anand when Rajesh Khanna saw Amitabh Bachchan’s acting skills and he personally declared “Abmera time khatam ho gayahai”. Anand movie has the highest IMDB rating in Hindi Cinema till now.
This is the film that made Amitabh Bachchan a superstar and started his journey as the “Angry-Young Man films”.
Amitabh Bachchan’s first reaction after reading the script of Sholay was “I wanted to play Gabbar Singh’s role”
Amitabh Bachchan shot Sholay and Deewar at the same time – Sholay in the mornings, Deewar at night. Both Yash Chopra and Ramesh Sippy have credited him with never being late for either shoot. The dialogues for the death scene of Amitabh Bachchan were never written, Yash Chopra gave AB the leeway to speak what came to his mind.
The song ‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves’ was composed by duo Laxmikant-Pyarelal. The Character ‘Anthony Gonsalves’ was named after a music teacher of Pyarelal, who was one of the most famous music arrangers in Bombay in the 1950s and 1960s.
Amitabh: “I was in Bangalore shooting for ‘Coolie’ once. Late into the night at around 2 am, I received a call and it was Smita Patil. I was shocked, as I had never spoken to her at such a time. Smita asked me if I was all right and in good health. I answered yes and she said that she just had a bad dream about me and that’s the reason behind calling up so late in the night. The next day I had my accident”
This was Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna’s final movie together, ending one of the greatest duos onscreen in Bollywood.
Amitabh Bachchan was shooting for a scene, where he was buried in the sand. The shooting broke off for rest but Amitabh Bachchan refused to come out of the sand and said he would continue lying in the sand because if he came out for rest, the shot wouldn’t look natural, despite the flies around him and heat he completed the shot.
The blockbuster song ‘ JummaChumma’ was originally recorded for the Ramesh Sippy’s film Ram Ki Sita Shyam Ki Gita. It was to star Amitabh Bachchan and Sri Devi in double roles. When the film stopped Mukul Anand made a personal request to use the song in his film Hum.
Amitabh Bachchan received his 5thFilmfare Best Actor award. He won 4th National Award for this film. He earlier won National Awards for Best Newcomer in Saat Hindustani (1969), Best Actor for Agneepath (1990), Black (2005) and then for Paa (2009).
Amitabh Bachchan suggested that his name should be in the credits after the 3 leading ladies in order to show the importance of gender equality, which is what the movie is based on.
Amitabh Bachchan’s appeal is evergreen! And wish the iconic movie star many more memorable movies.