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This Amitabh Bachchan Film Was Rereleased After He Became A Star With A Different Poster


Films like Saat Hindustani and Parwana did not help his career.

Amitabh came to Mumbai (then Bombay) from Allahabad to become an actor but his height and voice often became a hurdle for him

Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has been ruling the roost for almost half a century now and refuses to hang his boots. Still very much active in the business of showbiz as an octogenarian, his spirits are still sky high. He has had his share of ups and downs though. It is a known fact that Amitabh went bankrupt during the mid-90s with the failure of his company Amitabh Bachchan Corporation. He bounced back like the Shahenshah that he is. However, not much is known about his early struggle before he became a star. Today, we delve into one of the chapters from that period of his life.

Amitabh came to Mumbai (then Bombay) from Allahabad to become an actor but his height and voice often became a hurdle for him. He was often rejected for these two aspects, which ironically would become his unique selling point in later years. He had appeared in films like Saat Hindustani and Parwana but he was noticed and had still not received a breakthrough yet. Even the hit film Bombay to Goa did not do much to his career. He had decided to leave Mumbai for good when the veteran actor and filmmaker decided to give him a chance.

Manoj Kumar was making an ensemble movie and he told Amitabh that he could leave Mumbai if the film he was being offered did not work. The movie was Roti Kapada aur Makaan, which starred Manoj Kumar himself, Shashi Kapoor, Moushumi Chatterjee and Zeenat Aman. Amitabh could not refuse a Manoj Kumar film and took up the part. The film turned out to be a huge success. His role was not that big but it was enough to get him noticed and stay back in Mumbai. Soon offers poured in and he bagged Deewar, his game-changing movie.

There is an interesting trivia about Roti Kapada and Makaan. Since Amitabh was not a big star when the movie was released in 1974, his face was placed at the bottom of the poster, hardly visible. Ten years later, the movie was re-released in theatres and by this time, Amitabh was a huge star. The poster was thus altered this time with Amitabh’s face at the very center of the poster.


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