As Bollywood creates history with its biggest casting coup with YRF's THUGS OF HINDOSTAN bringing together Bollywood's most awesome twosome – the icon of the icons Mr. Bachchan and Mr. perfectionist Aamir Khan, a trip down memory lane brings to light a tremendous bond between Mr. Bachchan and Aamir that makes us gasping in wonder.
||AAMIR KHAN AND AMITABH BACHCHAN
Interestingly in the year 1973 when Bollywood wrote history with the advent of the phenomenon Amitabh Bachchan as the angry young man in ZANJEER, before that during the same year in January, a cute little toddler by the name of Aamir Khan made his debut as a child artiste in YAADON KI BAARAT. The year 1973 is a significant chapter in Bollywood history, apart from Mr. Bachchan's angry young man avatar in ZANJEER and Aamir Khan's debut, the year also saw its first teenage love story BOBBY by Raj Kapoor making its debut along with Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.
Fifteen years later in February 1988 Mr. Bachchan's SHAHENSHAH got released amidst the Bofors storm. A couple of months later Aamir Khan made his debut as a lead in QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK.
Amitabh Bachchan proved his mega star power by making SHAHENSHAH a hit in spite of protest and simultaneously Aamir established himself as the new heartthrob with the super success of QAYAMAT SE QAYAMAT TAK.
Thirteen years later, Aamir turned producer with LAGAAN in 2001 and Mr. Bachchan fulfilled his wish to give his voice over to the film which has now become a cult classic.
I remember around 5 years ago in June 15 2011, when team LAGAAN celebrated its 10 glorious years in Mumbai, a sudden commotion around 9:00 p.m. in that five star hotel made the erstwhile calm, composed Aamir basked in the glory of LAGAAN suddenly checking himself and rushing towards the gate. Mr. Bachchan has made his grand entry to wish the team and when the icon delivered his words of praise, the image of Aamir's overwhelmed face filled with joy is still fresh in my mind.
immidiately after the event, I asked Aamir what if you get a chance to work with your favourite Amitji. He just looked at me for a while and smiled.
Finally, they both are now coming together and the dream will be realized on the silver screen by Diwali 2018. Like me millions fans of Mr. Bachchan,Aamir, both Aamir and Mr. Bachchan in personal wanted this to happen.
When I recollect those amazing bond mentioned above that somehow connects Mr. Bachchan and Aamir, THUGS OF HINDOSTAN brings in huge responsibility, hope, challenge and once in life time opportunity.