Ali Peter John
The first time Amitabh Bachchan was called Vijay in a film was in Prakash Mehra’s “Zanjeer” which shot him to superstardom after he had given eleven flops in a row.He played Inspector Vijay who wages a one-man war against the king of the world of crime,played by the then popular villain,Ajit.
Amitabh then went on to play a wide variety of characters, but his name most of the time was Vijay, especially in the films made by Prakash Mehra and Yash Chopra.He was Vijay whether he was playing the angry young man or a poet……
Now,years later, Amitabh who is seventy-six years old is playing Professor Vijay Barse in Nagraj Manjule’s(the maker of “Sairat”) “Jhund” in which he gets young boys from a village interested in playing football and form their own team under his guidance.
He is now busy completing the shooting of “Jhund” which is mostly being shot on locations in Nagpur in Maharashtra. The first forty-day shooting has already been completed without the makers creating any hype about it. Amitabh recently participated in scenes in which he had to shoot on a village Charpoy(bed) and had to travel by a Bullock-cart, both of which he was doing after more than fifty years. He is so involved with “Jhund” that he wants to complete the film as soon as possible and only then concentrate on his two under production films, “Badla” and Ayan Mukherjee’s “Brahmastra” in which he co-stars with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt. It may be mentioned here that he is the only big star who will be busy shooting till the end of 2019 and then take on films which he has signed, the details of which are being kept a secret, but one thing is sure and that is the fact that he will be busy shooting at least for the next three years, which makes me remember a statement he had made many years ago in which he had said that he would work till the last day of his life, even if he had to be a part of a crowd seen.
His being a part of “Jhund”(a group) also reminds me of the time he was struggling looking for work and had met the head of the Rajshri empire, Tarachand Barjatya, (grandfather of Sooraj Barjatya) who saw no chance of his making it as an actor and advised him write poetry like his father, Harivanshrai Bachchan or better still try playing football as the only qualification the senior filmmaker saw in him were his long legs.
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