The original game-changer: Amitabh Bachchan
He came. He saw. He Changed The Rules Of The Game.
Amitabh Bachchan, who turns 70 today (October 11), began his film innings in 1968-69, shooting for K.A.Abbas’ Saat Hindustani. It was standard ‘tradition’ that actors came, improved on the job irrespective of past acting backgrounds, and (if at all) began winning awards a few films and years down the line.
But Bachchan, on sheer merit, clinched the National award for Best Newcomer with his debut performance itself, and then went one better: he bagged the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor trophy for Anand, his second film!! This achievement was repeated by Rishi Kapoor (his first two Mera Naam Joker, Bobby) but Bachchan led the way.
Saat Hindustani had no romantic interest for Bachchan – a taboo for someone aspiring to be a star then. Neither did Bachchan possess the looks or body type to become the archetypal chocolate or dramatic hero. Even his first ‘heroine’ Sumita Sanyal (Anand), was a non-star, and in that film, they were already married when the film began. What’s more, he never serenaded her with a song, as he did not have any songs in this film! (more…)