Did you know Amitabh Bachchan was paid Rs 5,000 for his first film 50 years ago?

Bollywood’s legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan completed 50 years in the Indian film industry today. The Shahenshah of Bollywood, who started his journey in the film industry five decades ago, did so with the KA Abbas film ‘Saat Hindustani’.

Much has been said and written about the actor taking a leap of faith to come to Mumbai to pursue his Bollywood dreams. But, did you know, his call to fame came at his own expense as Abbas refused to pay for his travel to the big city without a promise of an audition date?

With looks that could kill, and a passion for his craft, Amitabh was signed on for the film, but for a sum of Rs 5,000 for the entire film irrespective of the time, it took to complete it. Although then unhappy about his paycheque, Bachchan signed the dotted line as he was eager for his Bollywood break.
Upon the film’s release, it failed to make a mark at the box office, but catapulted Bachchan’s career and even won him a National Film Award for a promising newcomer.

He went on to deliver some phenomenal performances in films including ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Satte Pe Satta’, ‘Don’, ‘Deewar’ ‘Suhaag’, ‘Anand’, ‘Sholay’, ‘Paa’ and ‘Black’ among many others.
On the work front, Big B will be next seen alongside Taapsee Pannu in ‘Badla’ that is slated to release on March 8, 2019. He is also working on ‘Brahmastra’ with Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt.

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