Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan is considered the superhero of the century today and Big B has worked hard to achieve this title. Amitabh started his film career with the film ‘Saat Hindustani’. This film of Khwaja Ahmed Abbas was released in the year 1969. Bollywood is going to get a legendary artist from this film, even Abbas Saheb was not aware of it. An interesting anecdote related to this film was once told by Big B himself.
Actually, Khwaja Ahmad Abbas was the producer, director of ‘Saat Hindustani’ and the budget of the film was very less. Pandhari Zucker used to be a famous make-up artist during that period, Big B has mentioned him many times. Pandhari used to be very busy, Khwaja said that the budget of the film was less so he agreed to work without taking fees.
Amitabh’s beard was made by jugaad
The shooting of this film was taking place in Goa. Make-up artist Pandhari Zucker came to Amitabh and said that if I have a week’s time before the shooting, I will leave Amitabh’s beard for a week. In those days makeup work was not as advanced as it is today. In those days, make-up artists used to juggle a lot to mold the actors according to the character. Beard was made by adding one hair each. Pandhari didn’t have time, so he went to Mumbai a week before, putting a beard on Amitabh’s face. After this, Amitabh was left without washing his face in the matter of handling it for a week. While releasing the book of Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, Amitabh himself told this story.
7 days of struggle to save beard
Makeup artist Pandhari Zucker once told that ‘Amitabh Bachchan’s first film shooting was going on in Goa. I shaved Amitabh and suddenly I had to go to Mumbai for some important work for 7 days, so I asked what will you do now? Then he said that I will keep this make-up safe. For the whole 6 days, Amitabh used to bathe by pouring water under his face and shot continuously without washing his face with the same look.
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Pandhari was surprised to see Amitabh
Pandhari had further told, ‘When I met him after 6 days, the beard was intact on his face. During this, I was very surprised to think how he would be sleeping, how he would be eating food. Then I told him that you will go far ahead. Your love for work will one day make you a superstar.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 24, 2023, 11:39 IST