Monday, October 15, 2012

Dated on 11th October...

Today on this day I feel very nostalgic, as I listen to the song "Dekha ek Khawb" from Silsila, on my way to college. The protagonist of the movie turned 70 years today! And suddenly I am reminded of all the wonderful movies he has made as I stare out of the window.

The very first movie that I watched of Amitabh Bachchan was Sholay, and I remember being so very upset when Jai dies at the end. As years went by, I kept watching the movie again and again, the flawless acting just sunk in deeper and deeper making a mark within.

Have you ever realized  that you really don't have to be a fanatic to love him! You just fall in love with him for whichever movie he does. I don't think I have ever heard anyone say "Bachchan is a bad actor, his acting was not great" rather I have heard people say "Nah! he shouldn't have done this movie, he is such an amazing actor!"


"When you hear someone is 70, you think, my God, that’s hell of a lot, but when you see Amit, interact with him, you think, 70? No, no, can’t be.’ He has redefined age." says Jaya Bachchan

Amit ji first started his acting career in kindergarten, in a small skit where he was a chicken madly flapping his wings and as he grew he became a theatre actor in school. And students from other school, mainly girls came to watch him perform. 

Once, on the day of his performance, he got measles and was not allowed to perform. When his father came to visit him in the school clinic where he lay, he smiled and told him:
" Maan ko hoo tho accha, na hoo tho zayada accha"  
Which means, 
"If you achieve something that you were looking forward to, its good. But if you don't its better."
When the father said those lines, young Amitabh was surprised, and asked his dad why is that so? To that the father replied "if something doesn't happen in your life, always remember that God has a will and things happen accordingly."  

When he started his early career, everyone thought that he was not someone who could act, because image of a hero was already set by Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna, Dev Anand, Dilip Kumar and the list could go on. He was very tall, people thought he didn't have the looks, some even thought that he was the son of a great poet, how would he know how to act but he was differentAs stated by his wife, Jaya Bachchan " I was aware he wasn't the usual stereotype hero." But he proved everyone wrong with his performances over 43 years, that is from "Saath Hindustani" in 1969 to "The Great Gatsby" in 2012.  

Srijita Chattopadhyay

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