Today is Bollywood’s: ‘Shahenshah’, Amitabh Bachchan’s 77th birthday. In his 50-year-old film career, Big B has worked with many leading names of the film industry. While it was Prakash Mehra who gave him the image of Bollywood’s ‘Angry young man’ with ‘Zanjeer‘. Big B was equally popular for his brooding, complex roles in Hrishikesh Mukherjee films.
Talking about his silver screen love interests, Big B has worked with his wife Jaya Bachchan in many films like ‘Abhimaan’, ‘Chupke Chupke’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Silsila’, ‘Mili’ among others. But there’s something interesting about Guddi, Big B & Jaya Bachchan. Both were supposed to romance each other in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s ‘Guddi’ for the first time ever on the silver screen. Guddi was Jaya’s first silver screen appearance after turning an adult. She had already made her box office debut as a teenager in Satyajit Ray’s ‘Mahanagar’.
Talking about Guddi, Big B was the 1st choice to play the male lead & he even began shooting for the film. So, where did things went haywire? Below are more details.
Big B shared the reason in his blog,
“I mention ‘Guddi’, because I was the hero of the film, (Jaya, as most know was the Heroine, it being her first film) and actually shot for it for almost 10 days. But, during the making of ‘Guddi’, ‘Anand’ released and became a huge success. It had Rajesh Khanna in the lead, the first actor for whom the term superstar was coined. Nothing ever has been seen since, that comes anywhere near matching the hysteria and fan madness of those years.
The success of ‘Anand’ rubbed a bit off to me as well and Hrishi Da felt that a now known face for ‘Guddi’ would be inappropriate for the film. I was dropped from the film and Samit Bhanja, a very fine and accomplished actor of prominence in Bengali cinema was taken opposite Jaya.” (sic)
Big B had more to share,
“I remember I was shooting for a South Production of a film called ‘Pyaar Ki Kahani’, when Hrishi Da called me and told me of his decision. I was crestfallen. But he explained to me the reason and I understood. He did, however, do something very sweet.
In a sequence of ‘Guddi’, he put in a clip of another film I was shooting for those days, ‘Parwana’ where I played an obsessed lover with grey shades. ‘See’ he said later to me ‘I have not dropped you from the film, you are very much there’!” (sic)
Talking about how Big B and Jaya became a couple. It was love at first sight as per Jaya’s words. She shares,
“I was introduced to him on the sets of Guddi. I was impressed by him and somewhat in awe as he was Harivanshrai Bachchan’s son. I fell in love with him very soon.”
And Big B learned about his feelings towards Jaya on the sets of ‘Ek Nazar’. Both became a married couple on June 3, 1973. Both have two children: Abhishek and Shweta Bachchan.
A Very Happy B’day to Big B from both our Readers & the Filmybyte Team.