Amitabh Bachchan the icon for the icons in the upcoming film WAZIR has gone through a grand transformation that will inspire you. WAZIR is an action thriller helmed by Bejoy Nambiar that will see Amitabh Bachchan essaying the role of an ailing, wheelchair-bound Chess grandmaster Pandit Omkar Nath Dhar.
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Wondering what is the grand transformation.. please read on..
Big B has an interesting silver screen connection with the Indian royal game of Chess. Mr.Bachchan has given his voice over to legendary Satyajit Ray's 1977 masterpiece SHATRANJ KE KHILARI (1977). The movie featured Sanjeev Kumar and Saeed Jaffrey as chess obsessed noblemen in this historical drama running parallel with British taking over the Kingdom of Awadh during Wajid Ali Shah's rule.
SHATRANJ KE KHILARI is the only Hindi film made by Satyajit Ray – the legendary Indian filmmaker was honored by the Oscars with an Honorary Award in 1992, reportedly desired to work with Mr. Bachchan.
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Ray's wife Bijoya in her book ‘Manik and I' has revelead “He (Satyajit) thought of Amitabh often but they are such expensive actors. Our Bengal film industry doesn't have that kind of money',”
SHATRANJ KE KHILARI received immense appreciation from critics but failed to perform at the box office.Shocked by the Hindi audience response, Satyajit Ray lost interest in Bollywood and any chance of starring megastar Amitabh Bachchan in his movie.
After 38 years another movie centered on a game of chess – WAZIR is coming up and Mr. Bachchan has transformed from an orator in SHATRANJ KE KHILARI to one of the lead actors in WAZIR.Mr.Bachchan was in demand in 1977 and after 38 years the megastar still holds the same interest amongst the audience.. the one man industry during the late 70's and 80's has transformed into the man who now inspires the whole industry and the world.
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