We welcome you all to Amitabh Bachchan’s filmy journey. Today we will tell you about Amitabh Bachchan’s first super hit film that is Zanjeer.
It wasn’t easy for Amitabh Bachchan to bag a role in the film Zanjeer. Before Big B signed this film the role was offered to many other actors and actor Dharmendra too was one of them. This film by Prakash Mehra had selected Dharmendra as their hero but Dharmendra was tied down with some other film shooting and due to which he couldn’t do this film for Prakash Mehra.
In the film Zanjeer, Amitabh has played the role of Vijay Srivastava a police inspector. He created a last impression on the minds of the audience and the people with his flawless style of dialogues and his acting. The viewers loved Amitabh Bachchan as Inspector Vijay who did complete justice to the role. He got lot of accolades for this film, acceptance by the public and overnight Amitabh Bachchan was a name in the film industry. In this film he also got the title of ‘Angry Young Man’ which stayed on for his entire filmy career.
This film was very dear to Amitabh Bachchan and close to his heart as you would understand that he had 12 flops before this film and this film becoming a super hit film gave him name and fame. In this film he has Vijay as his name and that name proved lucky for him as he went on to do 18 more films with the same screen name in the films he signed.
Another lucky mascot was, love angle in the film in this film was Jaya Bhaduri who was his leading lady and plays a street side hawker who sharpens knives. Pran had earlier refused the role but his role in the film went on to be the most popular role. The song Yaari Hai Imaan Mera Yaar Meri Zindagi by Pran in the film went on to become a superhit. A complete new script was written keeping Pran in mind. Pran who always played the role of villain had a new avatar that of a good character in the film and much remembered by all the viewers.
When Prakash Mehra had signed Amitabh Bachchan a lanky tall young man for the lead role , not many were happy with Prakash Mehra’s choice but he proved them all wrong when the film went on to be one of the best films and a blockbuster film. The film was made for Amitabh Bachchan. Till date its one of the iconic films in Bollywood.
The film is a story of an honest police officer Vijay who is given charge of arresting a criminal. During his hunt and encounter, he releases this criminal was also responsible for killing his parents so it becomes a personal vengeance to bring justice to his dead parents.
The music for this film is rendered by Kalyanji Anandji and all the songs were super hits and much loved by the audience and they got famous as well. Salim Javed was the writer. Both Prakash Mehra and Salim Javed have a big hand in Amitabh’s career growth in the film industry.
So friends here we end this episode on Zanjeer film that was the beginning of Amitabh’s filmy career.
May 22, 2023