Amitabh Bachchan, the living legend of Hindi cinema, has been selected for the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the biggest award in Indian cinema. It is also a celebration for his fans with Big B. Looking at the contribution of Amitabh in Hindi cinema, he deserves every respect. Amitabh Bachchan, who has won the National Award for Best Actor 4 times, has influenced and inspired many generations with his acting.
On 15 February this year, he completed a 5-decade journey in the world of cinema. Amitabh signed the first film Saat Hindustani on this date. On the occasion of the announcement of Dada Saheb Phalke Award, let us know how Big B got the first film of his career, which gave Indian cinema a hero whose indelible aura is still inspiring the same new stars.
Muslim character chosen in first film
There is also an interesting story behind how Amitabh got ‘Saat Hindustani’, which is given in detail in a book by Khwaja Ahmad Abbas. The story of ‘Saat Hindustani’ originated from the Goan liberation movement, for which Abbas needed seven actors. Amitabh, the colorful dreamer of the film world, came to Mumbai when he came to know about this film and left his 1600 rupees job in Kolkata. Abbas gave Amitabh a choice of two characters – one Punjabi and the other Muslim. Amitabh chose the Muslim character Anwar Ali, as the character had many layers of acting.
Saat Hindustani signed out of job
The special thing is that Amitabh did not even get ‘Saat Hindustani’, but he resigned from the job. When Abbas told him what would happen if he did not get this film. On this Big B had said that some risks have to be taken. The way Amitabh said this, he touched Abbas’s heart. For this film, Amitabh was offered five thousand rupees, which was very low compared to the income from his job at that time. But Saat Hindustani was not just a film for him, but a first step towards fulfilling his dream.
Khwaja Ahmad Abbas knew Amitabh’s father, Dr. Harivansh Rai Bachchan, but Amitabh did not mention it until it was necessary to tell. After knowing the father’s name, Abbas decided to get his father’s permission before signing Amitabh and sent himself a telegram asking if he could cast Amitabh in the film. Only after the acceptance of Harivansh Rai Bachchan, Amitabh could sign the contract for Saat Hindustani. Saat Hindustani was released in 1969 itself on 7 November. This film did not work commercially, but gave the cinema a star whose light is still intact today.
After Saat Hindustani, Amitabh Bachchan’s film entered the world, but had to struggle four years hard for the first major success. Prakash Mehra’s Zazir was released in 1973, with the entry of Angry Young Man in Hindi cinema. Before Zazir, Amitabh had done 11 films, in which he played lead or supporting roles, but mostly flopped, and he was not credited for the success.