Why Salim Khan and Amitabh Bachchan’s relationship deteriorated? What happened 34 years ago?

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  • Films written by the Salim-Javed duo created Amitabh Bachchan’s image of an angry young man.
  • Amitabh Bachchan turned down Salim-Javed’s offer of ‘Mr India’.
  • The Salim-Javed pair has broken up but their relationship with Big B is good now.

The pair of Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar have played an important role in Amitabh Bachchan’s career. Through films like ‘Deewar’, ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Sholay’ written by the Salim-Javed duo, Amitabh Bachchan has created an image of ‘Angry Young Man’, which remains intact in the hearts of people even today. But it was because of Amitabh Bachchan that the Salim-Javed pair broke up. At the same time, the relationship between Salim Khan and Amitabh Bachchan turned sour.

Such bitterness with the incident of 1971

The hit pairing of Salim-Javed got their hit in Hindi cinema in 1971 with the film ‘Haathi Mere Saathi’ presented by Rajesh Khanna. But after ‘Mr India’ the couple broke up and the relationship between Amitabh and Salim also broke. It happened that the Salim-Javed pair was working in Shekhar Kapur’s film ‘Mr India’. The story of this film is of a hero who disappears from the screen in half of the film. His voice becomes his identity. It was a new idea for Indian cinema at that time and Shekhar Kapur as well as Salim-Javed were ready to take the risk.

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Salim-Javed started working on the story of the film but they were looking for a voice that would mesmerize the audience. Salim and Javed wanted to cast Amitabh Bachchan in ‘Mr India’. He believed that Amitabh has such a powerful voice that he can make the audience feel his presence even after disappearing from the screen. It was with this desire that Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar approached Amitabh Bachchan. He offered Amitabh the role of Mr. India in the film. But he refused. It is mentioned in the book ‘Yahi Rang, Yehi Roop’ by journalist Anita Pady.

Salim Big B

According to media reports, the script of Salim-Javed’s film was still far away and Amitabh refused to listen to the idea. “Fans want to see him on screen, not just come to the theater to hear his voice,” he added. Salim-Javed tried hard to convince Amitabh. He also said that the film will take his identity to new heights and his voice will resonate in the ears of the people. But Amitabh did not listen and did not sign the film.

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Salim Khan did not like this attitude of Amitabh Bachchan and his words were also very bitter. The same Salim Khan who gave a new direction to Amitabh’s career, talked to the big director-producer, while Amitabh Bachchan did not listen to him. At that time, Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar decided to never write a film for Amitabh. In this way, the relationship between Amitabh and Salim turned sour and they never worked together again. Later Anil Kapoor made the film ‘Mr India’ and his career got a new direction as well as height.

However, now the relations between Salim Khan and Amitabh Bachchan are cordial. Salim wished Amitabh on his 79th birthday. At that time he had said, Amitabh should retire now because he has achieved a lot.

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