Amitabh Bachchan turns 75 on October 11.
Rediff.com celebrates the superstar’s birthday with this special series, looking back at the very things that made him the BIG B.
We first published this special in October 2013.
We bring to you unseen pictures of the legendary actor from his life, with some interesting trivia.
The pictures have been posted by Amitabh himself on his official social media accounts.
Amitabh Bachchan will be seen with Aamir Khan in Thugs of Hindostan next.
Here the actors take a break between the shot; Amitabh writes: ‘THUGS OF HINDOSTAN in a short respite from the gruelling shoot in Malta.’
Amitabh remembers shooting on the sets of Zanjeer along with Jaya Bachchan. ‘A shoot from ‘Zanjeer’ and the wifely instincts leap up .. the way to a man’s heart is via his stomach .. we were not married then’
Here is the picture from Amitabh’s first film Saat Hindustani released in 1969. ‘that scene from my 1st film ‘Saat Hindustani’ when fighting for independence & tortured says Hum Hindustani Rengte nahi’
Seen here is a still of the Big B with Amjad Khan on the sets of Coolie.
This was Amitabh’s first day at work after recovering from the near-fatal accident while filming a fight sequence in this film.
Amitabh and co-star Puneet Issar were shooting a fight sequence in Bangalore, when a mistimed punch-and-jump left the Big B with a ruptured spleen.
The actor was immediately airlifted to Mumbai where he was hospitalised for two weeks.
‘I told Manmohan Desai, when I resume shooting I want it to start from the same shot that I was felled during the accident. I had wanted to get up and punch the villain !! This exactly what I did ! Amjad and many other friends came to wish me on resumption of work,’ Amitabh wrote.
Amitabh Bachchan wrestles with a tiger on the sets of Khoon Pasina in Mumbai. This scene went on to become one of the most popular fight sequences in his career.
Amitabh, however, remembers this sequence for other reasons.
‘During the shoot I got the news of Abhishek’s birth at Breach Candy Hospital , and I stopped the shoot and rushed there,’ Amitabh wrote. ‘Everyone on set commented as I left .. “agar beta hua toh uska naam Tiger rakhna” !! Ha ha ! For long years till I think he was 4 or 5 years old I would call him Tiger when I would call from locations on phone.’
Amitabh Bachchan chats with filmmaker Hrishikesh Mukherjee while Rajesh Khanna looks on.
‘Namakharam bore seeds of the anger that was next seen in Zanjeer, and the subsequent titling of the epithet ‘angry young man’ by the media. But I have always believed that the first powerful depiction or in a sense the birth of the so called ‘angry young man’, was designed by Mehboob Saheb in ‘Mother India’, where the character Birju, played so brilliantly by Sunil Dutt, was depicted. I worked in two films with Rajesh Khanna – Anand and Namakharam. Both were successful ventures,’ Amitabh wrote.
Amitabh Bachchan poses with Dilip Kumar at the mahurat of their film, Shakti.
It was directed by Ramesh Sippy.
Amitabh Bachchan shows us his dance moves in the film Don.
‘ee hai bambai nagariya … ‘the street song from ‘Don’ … that awkward moment of song on the streets of Mumbai, early days and the embarrassment of it all … Chandra Barot the director of the film seeming to enjoy my condition .. the image at the back is Gateway of India, Mumbai .. built at the time of the official Royal visit to the city in welcome during the British Raj.’
Amitabh poses with legendary boxer Mohammed Ali.
‘This is in the 80’s with the greatest Mohammed Ali .. Prakash mehra and myself and my brother Ajitabh at his residence in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles,’ he wrote.
A gentleman of the finest order, an admirable colleague and a considerate human.’
This is how Amitabh Bachchan describes Pran, his co-star of many films. This award function was held in the year 1992.
The Jhooma Chooma concert in 1991.
This was Salman and Aamir Khan‘s first concert tour.
Sridevi and Neelam were also present.
Amitabh, who has worked with Raakhee and Shashi Kapoor in several films, bond on the sets of Trishul.
‘Old memories !!! I think this is on the sets of Trishul .. Rakhee ji, Shashi ji and the self indulging in a bit of card play .. what times we had during this shoot in Delhi … someday one shall write about it in detail,’ Amitabh wrote.
Amitabh with the great Kishore Kumar.
Amitabh Bachchan with his parents Harivanshrai and Teji Bachchan.
A picture of a play starring Amitabh Bachchan during his college days.
Amitabh wrote, ‘This is a play I did in College when in the Delhi University. The play was called ‘The Rape of the Belt’ and it was the Annual play of Miranda House, the ladies college in the University campus. They had asked for male actors to participate picked from some of the other Colleges. So three male actors as you can see in the picture were chosen as per recommendations form the drama societies of other Colleges and there we are.
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