Many people today also criticize Amitabh Bachchan that Harivansh was the son of Rai Bachchan, so he kept getting movies, he kept getting opportunities. This film was first offered to Dharmendra… then to stalwarts like Dev Anand and Rajkumar and finally to Amitabh Bachchan.
The Salim-Javed couple would do magic with a pen and Amitabh would show magic on screen. Amitabh’s name was Vijay in Zanjeer. And furthermore, in some 22 movies, Amitabh kept his name Vijay.
In the 70s there were many things like that in the country that were happening for the first time. The emergency was imposed on the country by Indira Gandhi. There was an atmosphere of unrest and there was unemployment. The Salim-Javed duo created a hero in which people saw themselves. Whether he was a worker or a man plagued by corruption, victory had become everyone’s hero. The character played by Amitabh began to become that of a person who opposes evil, with whom the common man connected. Movies like Deewar, Amar, Akbar and Anthony, Sholay, Naseeb and Mard established Amitabh Bachchan as a superstar.
But it is said that we are all human beings and the ups and downs keep coming in life. Bachchan also entered Saab’s life. After 1980, as if someone had put a stop to his career.
But where did the superheroes of the century go now? He experimented with himself, reformed and stayed strong. In 1984, Dost became leader at the behest of Rajiv. He contested Allahabad elections and also became Parliament. But Amitabh Bachchan realized that politics was not his thing and resigned after three years.
He was seriously injured in a scene in the movie Coolie, the establishment of Amitabh Bachchan Corporation, all these are the things of his bad times when time also turned its back on him. There came a time when he was on the verge of bankruptcy.
But Amitabh still did not give up and appeared on television. He brought a show called Kaun Banega Crorepati and this show continued like this even today. It is said that everyone gets a second chance. Kaun Banega Crorepati was Amitabh Bachchan’s second chance at life, after which the megastar of the century never looked back.
KBC started when Big B was going through his toughest time. His ABCL company was in loss, there was no film available. Borrowers used to queue outside the house. In the year 2000, KBC changed the world of television. Amitabh had once said, “KBC also played a big role in changing my situation. It came to me when I needed it most. Believe me, it helped me a lot to pay everyone’s money. This is a debt I can never forget.”
In 1999, the BBC asked to vote for the most popular artist of the last 100 years in its poll. In the survey, Amitabh Bachchan was the one that people liked the most. The BBC gave Amitabh the title of Star of the Millennium.
When Amitabh was called the Star of the Millennium on a show, his response was such that he once again proved that he truly is the biggest star on earth.
Amitabh had said-
“Because of the online poll, I got a few more votes. I think it’s a computer glitch and there’s no truth behind it.”
Amitabh Bachchan had already become the hero of the common Indian. Many special people had also joined his fans. One of those special people was Field Marshal Manekshaw.
Probably speaking at his last public function in 2004, Field Marshal Manekshaw said of Amitabh: “We are both alumni of Sherwood College, Nainital and we both have connections to Punjab.” Manekshaw was the hero of the 1971 war, this was the period in which Amitabh’s first film was released, but he did not become a hero.
Amitabh’s popularity is not only in India, but also in Nigeria, Egypt, Afghanistan, Russia and many parts of the world. According to the BBC, his popularity is such that he was once forced to leave a hotel in the Egyptian capital early because Egyptian fans of him were too excited to see him at the airport.
Working with Amitabh Bachchan today is like a dream come true for everyone. Subhash Ghai has given more than one memorable film to Hindi cinema, but he still regrets not working with Amitabh Bachchan. Actually Subhash and Amitabh were working on a movie in the 80’s, the name of the movie was ‘Deva’ for some reason this movie didn’t get made, to date both of them haven’t worked together.
In 2005, the New York Times wrote an article about Amitabh Bachchan entitled ‘A star all over the world but almost unknown here’…. Let’s say that Amitabh Bachchan is an actor known all over the world, but people in America know very little.
Two things emerge from the New York Times article. The first is that Amitabh Bachchan is an actor that everyone knows, and second, very few people know him in America. This year is 2022, everyone in America may have met Bachchan by now.
Let any American say that Amitabh Bachchan made his debut at the age of 70 in the Hollywood movie The Great Gatsby, there is a lot to know about Amitabh for him.
Amitabh Bachchan has seen a lot in life. Success, fame, height and failure too. After battling and winning all this, he has also emerged as a good person in recent decades, especially after his 80s. There has been a great change in him as a human being. The way he speaks, his way of meeting people, it seems that even today that boy from Allahabad carries with him his father’s values and his words.
As much as you write in Amitabh Bachchan, you miss more than what you write, it seems that every time you read it, it seems incomplete. I don’t know why it seems that no one can write everything about him… The world may call him a mega star, says a star, but Amitabh Bachchan is like a ‘firefly’ to a large population of India. Every time we feel that we touch, we feel or see it shine from a distance.
The flickering fireflies from a distance look as if someone near our town decorated them by plucking stars from the sky. Amitabh Bachchan is one of them…Joe Apne Se Lagte Hai…the poster for his next movie has been released. Sooraj Barjatya’s film is called ‘Highness’.