Amitabh Bachchan appeared on screen 50 years ago

Amitabh Bachchan
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November 7, 1969 - A Hindi film was released 50 years before today, Seven Hindustani.


Legendary writer-director Khwaja Ahmed Abbas had Utpal Dutt who was a well-known figure in the literature, journalism and film world. Along with a new guy with lean skinny and tall stature - named Amitabh Bachchan. A name that nobody knew until then.

When the director first met Amitabh with Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, the meeting was mentioned in the book 'Bread Beauty Revolution: Khwaja Ahmed Abbas'.
Amitabh Bachchan
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In this book, Saeeda Hameed and Ifta Fatima have put Abbas's autobiography and his writings in one place. In the book, Abbas saheb has written -

Khwaja Ahmad Abbas - Your name?

Answer- Amitabh ...

Khwaja Ahmed Abbas - has acted in films before?

Answer - Nobody has taken so far ....

Khwaja Ahmed Abbas - Why did you miss?

Answer- (Taking many big names), everyone says that I am too tall according to their heroines.

Khwaja Ahmed Abbas - There is no such problem in our film because there is no heroine in it. "

When Filmfare rejected Amitabh

Abbas was looking for a young man for his film who knows the tricks of acting, is slim in appearance, is beautiful and passionate.

It was before 1969. At that time Amitabh Bachchan used to work in the company 'Bird and Co' of Calcutta. Working in the office from morning to evening and doing theater in the evening. Amitabh was fond of acting.

Amitabh Bachchan
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Amitabh Bachchan wrote in his blog a few years ago, "I sent photos for the magazine Filmfare-Madhuri contest which used to be a good platform for faces making films. My photo was rejected, is it any surprise was."

But Amitabh had made up his mind to try his luck in films. He left his decent job in Calcutta and came to Mumbai.

At the same time, KA Abbas was preparing to make a film 'Saat Hindustani' on the struggle for independence of Goa. They wanted seven heroes who were completely different from each other.

For a role, Abbas saheb took on new boy Tinu Anand, who was the son of his friend and famous writer Inder Raj. Tina Anand had a friend Neena Singh, who was a model. Nina was taken for the seventh Hindustani. Amitabh Bachchan was not a part of the film far and wide.