CRITICS call him destiny’s child. He was there at the right place at the right time, they murmur. There could be a grain of truth in that. But the larger truth is that Amithabh Bachchan has carved out his own destiny, his place among the pantheon of silver screen gods and goddesses.Yes, many summer ago, in the lat 1960s when the well known writer-director khwaja Ahmad Abbas was on the look out for the cast of Saat Hindustani, He chose Tinnu Anand, later to be a noted director-actor, for a particular rule in the film. But it ultimately went to Bachchan.
That was Bachchan’s introduction to Hindi cinema. The film failed,as did a handful of others he acted in. Until zanjeer came. The scriptwriter Salim khan- Javed Akhtar come up with the story of an angry Young man for the Prakash Mehra Film. The director had his eye on Rajesh Khanna, who was the heart turbo of millions at that time, for the lead role. Salim javed had there resevations. into the fray came Dev Anand. However, things did not work out. Dharmendra? He was too buys for Mehara. Ultimately, Zanjeer came Buchchan’s way. The rest, as the clich’e goes, is histry.
His baritone, his unique way of dialogue delivery, his height