”My best award was acting with Dilip Kumar,” says Amitabh Bachchan

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Superstar of Millennium Amitabh Bachchan in his career spanning over four decades has etched an everlasting impression on the hearts and minds of his fans. Superstars have come and gone but Amitabh Bachchan continues to hold sway over the ‘Superstar Title’ since decades. Incredible feat indeed!

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Reams and reams have been written about Amitabh Bachchan but ask Amitabh Bachchan what he believes was the most adoring moment in his life and his face gleams and eyes twinkle as he recalls the first scene of the movie SHAKTI, when he first shared screen with thespian Dilip Kumar, the actor he idolized since childhood. 

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In an interview he disclosed, ”I had been an avid fan of Dilip Kumar. During childhood I used to watch his movies like AAN, SHAHEED, GUNGA JUMNA etc. In those days I used to buy cheapest tickets worth 4 annas (25 paise) and sitting on wooden benches of ordinary theatre, I would marvel at the histrionics of Dilip Sahab.”

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He adds, “Hence on the first day when I had to shoot alongside Dilip Kumar for SHAKTI, I had a strange feeling, both of pride and a sense of nervousness too. The first scene to be shot was the jail sequence where Dilip Kumar, who played my father and a strict police commissioner, interrogates me about the crime, for which I have landed in jail.”

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”Though the scene was simple but the moment I looked into the eyes of Dilip Sahab I was completely blank and forgot my dialogues. I tried to recollect my lines but the anxiety of working with an actor whom I had admired all my life was too difficult for me to digest. Film director Ramesh Sippy had to cut the shot. Later after few takes the scene was finalized,” concludes Bachchan.

Another fact that readers may not know is that Amitabh Bachchan could not attend the premiere of SHAKTI due to his injury on the sets of COOLIE. Hence when he was recovering at home, he insisted his wife Jaya to arrange a screening of the film at his bungalow and he saw the movie in a make Shift Theater put up in Prateeksha.

And last but not the least, it may stun the readers that though Amitabh Bachchan was nominated for Filmfare Best Actor Award for the year 1983  in as many as three films viz. BEMISAAL, NAMAK HALAL and SHAKTI, he lost to Dilip Kumar who was also nominated in the same category! Nevertheless Amitabh Bachchan had no qualms he said, “My best award was acting with Dilip Kumar!” 

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