He is the icon for the icons. The deep baritone voice is the most recognized voice from India – Amitabh Bachchan is the man that needs no introduction. The mega icon ‘revolutionized’ the Indian movie industry with his ‘angry young man’ avatar, has an incredible connection with the India’s freedom struggle. On the eve of India’s 70th Independence Day, it will be perfect to remember the pact Mr. Bachchan and our freedom struggle had.
It was the year 1942; on August 08 Mahatma Gandhi called for the famous ‘Quit India’ movement to end British Raj in India. In the same year in October 11, renowned poet Harivanshrai Bachchan became the father of a boy child. Highly influenced by the ‘Quit India’ movement, Harivanshrai Bachchan desired to name his son ‘Inquilaab’, inspired by the phrase ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ widely used during the ‘Quit India’ freedom struggle.
When Harivanshrai Bachchan shared this desire to another renowned poet Sumitra Nandan Pant, the renowned poet from India’s beautiful region of Uttrakhand saw something in the boys eyes and said that his name should be ‘Amitabh’ which means the light that will never end. This is the way megastar Amitabh Bachchan got his name.
Interestingly, world’s biggest playwright William Shakespeare in his sublime tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ has famously discarded the significance of name by the quote “What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But here the name ‘Amitabh’ in this part of the world is just enough.
Further, it was his unmatched charismatic persona that has made the romance ‘quit’ from Indian screens and the phenomenon of angry young man became a household name, the magnificent Mr. Bachchan made his debut as a revolutionary poet in Khwaja Ahmad Abbas SAATH HINDUSTANI. Mr. Bachchan also featured in the political potboiler INQUILAAB in 1984 with Sri Devi as his co –star. The movie released at the time when Mr. Bachchan entered politics. He has played patriotic characters in DESH PREMEE, LAKSHYA but that’s not the core issue here.
On the eve of India’s 70th independence, it becomes a bit filmy to remember this unique connection of Mr. Bachchan towards our Freedom struggle but it has its importance. This year Mr. Bachchan will observe his 75th Birthday and we hear there are mega plans for the eventful birthday bash and why not. Still the man is true to his name Amitabh – The light that will never go off, he displayed his passion and commitment to excel recently at the shoot of his most awaited period drama THUGS OF HINDOSTAN, costarring Aamir Khan where he battled all pain to deliver the perfect action. For an icon like Amitabh Bachchan the zing to bring another ‘Inquilaab’ (revolution) on screen continues as we celebrate our 70th Independence – ‘INQUILAAB’ ZINDABAD.