If it was not for the success of Mehmood's film BOMBAY TO GOA, Amitabh Bachchan would not have got ZANJEER because it was writer duo Salim-Javed, who were impressed by Amitabh Bachchan's action scenes in the movie and requested filmmaker Prakash Mehra to give Bachchan an opportunity in ZANJEER. And rest is history. But how did Amitabh Bachchan got BOMBAY TO GOA is itself an interesting story. Read on….
||MEHMOOD AND AMITABH BACHCHAN
During the making of SAAT HINDUSTANI, Amitabh Bachchan came very close to Anwar Ali, brother of celebrated comedian and filmmaker Mehmood. In BOMBAY TO GOA, Anwar Ali played the key role of bus driver.
Amitabh Bachchan and Anwar used to spend time together. Once Bachchan was at Anwar Ali's house spending quality time when Mehmood entered. Watching Mehmood, Bachchan immediately stood up obediently and touched his feet. Mehmood was impressed by the young man's ethics and went inside his room, paying no attention to Anwar Ali, who introduced Bachchan to Mehmood praising his histrionics.
However, while Mehmood was relaxing in his room, he was startled by the golden baritone coming from Anwar Ali's room. On inquiry Anwar Ali revealed it was his friend Amitabh Bachchan's voice.
Impressed by Bachchan's magnetic baritone Mehmood asked Anwar to call his friend Amitabh to his office and when Mehmood conducted Bachchan's screen test he was left stunned by the power and the dynamics of the actor in Bachchan. He immediately signed him for his film BOMBAY TO GOA.
In an interview Mehmood said, “I was bowled over by the intensity of Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) as an actor. His eyes conveyed more than his voice. But it was very difficult to transform Amit into a typical
Bollywood actor because he was quite shy and was nuts when it came to dancing.”
“For the song ‘Dekha Na Hay Re Socha Na Hay Re Rakh Di Nishane Pe Jan'…( BOMAY TO GOA) he had literally given up but I cajoled him and got the dance extracted from him,” informed Mehmood.
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