February 12 marks the birth anniversary of this great actor. Glamsham.Com pays him homage and recalls how Pran proved a catalyst in transforming struggling actor Amitabh Bachchan’s fortunes!
Readers would wonder how Pran could be responsible in changing the destiny of Amitabh Bachchan. Well, it may come as a surprise to many, but it is fact that Amitabh Bachchan’s movie ZANJEER that fetched him instant stardom had initially no buyers! Salim Khan, of the famous writer duo Salim-Javed duo had revealed this in an interview that from actors ranging from Dharmendra to Dev Anand to Raaj Kumar and many other actors had rejected their script.
Hence when Prakash Mehra signed Amitabh Bachchan as the hero, Mehra was in dilemma.Amitabh Bachchan was termed as a jinx actor then, as he had given 17 flop movies in a row!! Thus Prakash Mehra’s main concern was the distributors! That’s when actor Pran came to his rescue.
Pran, in those days, was a saleable star and had given several hits solely on his strength. Remember his films like DHARMA, VICTORIA NO. 203, JUNGLE MEIN MANGAL etc. Hence Mehra decided to bank on his popularity and arranged a distributers meeting.
During the meeting, Mehra cleverly promoted Pran as the film’s lead actor. To impress the distributors, Mehra even showed them a clipping of the famous qawaali filmed on Pran, ‘Yaari hai imaan mera yaar meri zindagi…’ The response among the distributors was so great that there was literally a fight to buy the rights!”
Pran, of course came up with an outstanding performance, while Bachchan became a star and rest is history!