Fifty years ago, if the selectors at All India Radio hadn’t rejected Amitabh Bachchan’s voice when he auditioned to be a news reader, Hindi film industry may have never got its biggest superstar. Today, after working in the films for more than five decades, Amitabh Bachchan is very active and is still quite capable of carrying a film on his shoulder. In his next project, he’s doing a film titled Badla. Produced by Shah Rukh Khan, Badla is a crime thriller directed by Sujoy Ghosh and stars Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles. Badla releases on March 8th. The plot revolves around a young entrepreneur who seeks help from a renowned lawyer after she finds herself locked in a hotel room next to her lover’s dead body.
During a promotional video, featuring Shah Rukh Khan in conversation with Amitabh Bachchan, the two actors talked about their love for films and how Khan got Bachchan to play the lead in a film he’s producing. During the 8 minute video, Amitabh Bachchan revealed that he got ₹5000 as the signing amount for his first film. Recalling how he turned to films after he was rejected by AIR, Bachchan even cited the exact date on which he signed his first film. Amitabh Bachchan had left his job in Allahabad and had come to Mumbai to join the film industry. His first Bollywood film was Saat Hindustani which was released in 1969.
During the conversation, Shah Rukh Khan was every bit a fanboy as he requested Big B to deliver one of his iconic dialogues- “Rishtey mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hain. Naam hai Shahenshah”, and Big B happily obliged.
As the two stars deviated from the usual movie promotions by having an informal conversation, Shah Rukh Khan also played a music piece from Badla, informing how Big B was still improvising it. Watch the first episode of Badla Unplugged below: