Amitabh Bachchan the legendary superstar made his entry into the films with ‘Saath Hindustani’ in 1969. The young lanky tall actor made his next appearance in the film Reshma Aur Shera in which he essayed an important role as the brother to the main lead Sunil Dutt. He played a role of a dumb man who couldn’t speak.
This drama film was produced and directed by Actor Sunil Dutt. It was one of Amitabh Bachchan’s very first multi star cast appearance as the film starred WaheedaRehman as Reshm and Sunil Dutt as Shera. It also starred Vinod Khanna and Rakhee besides Ranjeet, K. N. Singh, Amrish Puri in supporting roles.
It is said that Amitabh Bachchan got his first break due to Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s recommendation. Indira Gandhi, Amitabh Bacchan’s mother Teji Bachchan and Sunil Dutt’s wife and actress Nargis were very good friends. Indira Gandhi personally sent a letter to Nargis requesting her and Sunil Dutt to cast Amitabh Bachchan in this film.
Amitabh Bachchan’s voice that is known now to be powerful with a deep baritone has made him unique and his voice is what made him shine among the rest. But would you believe that Sunil Dutt was worried and concerned about his deep voice. Therefore, he gave him the role of a dumb man in the film !
In one of the scenes, Waheeda Rehman had to slap Amitabh Bachchan on his cheeks, on the day of the shoot on the sets, Amitabh Bachchan’s mother Teji Bachchan was also there who requested Waheeda Rehman to be careful while slapping Amitabh Bachchan.and to be gentle on her son. Waheeda Rehman was in a dilemma herself how to do the scene convincingly without hurting Amitabh Bachchan. She either had to listen to the director’s instructions or Amitabh Bachchan’s mother’s. But when Amitabh Bachchan got to know of this he made Waheeda Rehman feel comfortable and said she can go ahead and slap and do the act as she wants . A true actor he was willing to pay a price for it by getting slapped by her for the scene.
But seeing Teji Bachchan on the sets, Waheeda Rehman wasn’t comfortable to do the scene so she conveyed it to the director who with an excuse ensured Teji Bachchan had left the sets and was not around when the slapping scene was to be shot, and Big B got slapped by Waheeda Rehman as per the requirement of the script.
Amitabh Bachchan was a big fan of Waheeda Rehman . When he was signed for the film Reshma Aur Shera, It was his first film with her and his first film with Rakhee, Vinod Khanna and Ranjeet. Thereafter they did many more films together as he rose to stardom. The film was set up against the backdrop of Rajasthan with the violent feud between two families and their clans. So friends we end here another interesting tale of Amitabh Bachchan’s filmy career. Who would have thought that this tall young dark and handsome actor would one day be the legendary icon in Bollywood.?
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May 22, 2023