Easily the biggest superstar of B-Town by all means, Amitabh Bachchan turns 75 today! Defining super-stardom and the never-say-never spirit for years now, Mr. Bachchan is just not any ordinary actor but a revolution! He is one actor who is celebrated at every corner of the country and his mammoth success and impressive long run has been unparalleled and unmatched till now. After debuting with Saat Hindustani, the actor didn’t expect what was coming his way! His initial journey as an actor saw a series of unsuccessful films which finally stopped when he played a relatively smaller role in Anand which was all about Rajesh Khanna. Later, films like Zanjeer and Deewaar established him as a known actor who can do anything what is asked for! From facing total failure and rejection right from the start of his career to almost facing death when he met with an almost fatal injury while shooting for Coolie, the megastar has never given up and has continued to write new definitions for being an actor, a humanitarian and an ace public figure. Even bankruptcy did not stop him from re-starting a new phase of his career only to break older records set by himself. Let us decode the actor’s journey where he fell but stood back even more taller and stronger and taught us major life lessons :
Initial Failure : His first box-office success did take a lot of time after his debut film but that did not dampen the spirits of the young lad who had made sure that he is here to stay. He wasn’t accepted in the industry due to his strong pitch and lean & tall personality but this also did not make him go low on his aspirations and waited to his talent and luck to click. Rest was history!
Near To Death Experience In Coolie : While he had established himself in the industry, the megastar was shooting for a fight sequence in the cult classic Coolie during which he got seriously injured and underwent a near fatal injury which also led into a clinical death of few minutes, The whole nation was at standstill and they prayed patiently for him to recover. Remembering the incident, Bachchan said in an interview, “I went into almost a haze and a coma-like situation. Within five days of coming into Breach Candy, I had another surgery and didn’t come out of that one for a very very long time and I was clinically dead for a couple of minutes. Then Dr Wadia, who looked after me and is an absolute life-saver, just said “I’m going to take a last chance” and he started pumping cortizone injections into me one after another almost, 40 ampules of it, with the hope that something would happen and then I got revived.” Well, the prayers of the fans did work and he was back in form!
From Bankruptsy To Being A Crorepati : The actor whose stardom, enormous appeal and energy has still not faded even at 75 though there was a time when he went totally bankrupt pertaining to the losses his company ABCL suffered. The almost indestructible superstar owed 90 crores in totality to different people after movies produced by his company failed miserably at the box-office. Talking about those forgetful days, Bachchan said, “We all go through these phases, peaks and troughs are what life is all about. I have been in a situation where I was at the lowest ebb in my life – professionally, commercially and personally. In order not to give up the moment, I was operating on the principle that the Corporation (ABCL, or Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd) must not die, I had to ensure that I paid back every sow that I owed to a vast army of people. I felt it wasn’t ethically right not to return the money. I paid back one and all, including Doordarshan. When they asked for the interest component, I did commercials in lieu for them. I can never forget how creditors used to land at our door, be abusive, threatening and demanding, and worse still, when they came for ‘kudkee’ at Prateeksha, our residence.” Then, Kaun Banega Crorepati happened and since then, the actor has only grown in all directions in massive proportions.
Amitabh Bachchan has always proved that he is a real fighter, someone who has inspired a whole nation and different generations and a person who knew where he had to reach in his career no matter what comes his way. We wish the biggest superstar of our industry a very Happy Birthday and we hope that he continues to rise and shine!