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5 Life Lessons That We Should Learn from Big B

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The first angry young man of Bollywood who is known for his powerful voice has gone through many upturns in his life. Born in a family of poets and actors, Amitabh (also known as Inquilab Srivastava) was a child prodigy! However, it took him a great deal of efforts to be the “Big B” of the industry from being 6 feet 3-inch man.  He once said, “Bad luck either destroys you or makes you the man or woman you really are”.

In his initial days, Big B got rejected several times because of his exalted voice and for being too tall in height. But, after appearing in movies like ‘Agneepath’, ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Don’, his voice was appreciated by all. The way he has transfigured himself has motivated many people to wear positive attitude towards life.  

Most of  his dialogues were hits and the popular dialogues that he has delivered till now, will never lose its spark. We can see that never-ending optimism that he has gained by voicing outstanding dialogues during his career. His dialogues have the potential to inspire others to break the grounds and become better.

Let’s unveil the journey of his life through his optimistic dialogues…

1. “Mujhe jo sahi lagta hai main karta hoon, fir chahe wo bhagwan ke khilaaf ho, kanoon ke khilaf ho ya pure system ke khilaaf” – Sarkar

Follow your passion even if the whole world is against you. Give it a try at least!

Amitabh Bachchan would have never thought that he would be on silver screens.  But his mother, Teji Bachchan who was a theatre artist, had a huge influence on his career goals. ‘Star of the Millennium’ approached many directors in the beginning of his career, but his unconventional voice and height was a huge problem. He decided to become a RJ at All India Radio after putting uncountable efforts for some years in B-cinema, but, here also, he faced the rejection.  

Finally, after umpteen number of attempts, in 1970, Big B got his first break.  He started his cinema career with ‘Saat Hindustani’. The movie was not a commercial hit. He did 12 movies in the initial years of his career and out of those 12 movies, only 1 movie was able to do well at box office. But, he never lost hope and continued to try his hands in the acting-universe.

Never give up on your dreams. No matter, how big dreams you have, you must tread on your dream’s heels at least once in your life. Do not have the regret of not trying things at the end.

2. “Rishte Mein Toh Hum Tumhare Baap Lagte Hain Naam Hai Shahenshah”- Shahenshah

Always wear that “Shahenshah” crown on your head.

There were times when people tried to put his morale down after 11 back to back flops during the initial days of his career.  He never accepted his failure and kept moving on and at last, he proved that he is the ‘Baap’ of B-world.

When prevailed an era of ‘kind-hearted and funny’ men in B-world, he chose movies like ‘Zanjeer’ and restyled the characteristics of an actor that were prevailing then. Amitabh Bachchan understood the significance of wearing the Shahenshah crown long before the movie Shahenshah did hit the theatres.

Always believe in yourself. Whenever you feel demotivated, just walk into the room and say I am the ‘Shahenshah’ and I can be the ‘Shahenshah’ in anything. Do it every day and notice the difference.

3. “Sahi baat ko sahi waqt pe kiya jaye to uska maza hi kuch aur hai, aur main sahi waqt ka intezaar karta hoon” – Trishul

Doing the right things at the right time will yield you a great success.

After giving his best performances in the movies like ‘Coolie’, ‘Zanjeer’, ‘Deewar’ etc., he dreamt of becoming a veteran politician in the country. As we all know that politics is not for everybody, and Amitabh also realized this by experimenting and giving 3 full-fledged years to Indian politics. He was a very good friend of Rajiv Gandhi but this friendship turned into enmity when he contested for Allahabad’s elections. You must be thinking how is this related to doing the right things at the right time? Right?

This was the time when angry young man realized the importance of selecting things wisely. He did what he wanted to do in politics, but very soon he realized the worth of doing the right things at the right time. He then continued as an actor and producer.

You should do what you want to do but if the things are not working out despite putting in several efforts, Sit! Think and Figure out! the things that you are really made for.

4. “Aandhi aaye ki toofan koi gham nahi … hai yahi aakhri imtihaan saathiyon”– Saat Hindustani

Don’t even dare to miss out on new opportunities.

Amitabh Bachchan never missed out novelty when opportunities knocked his doors. When he was bankrupt during the period of 1998 to 2000, he welcomed the opportunity of being an anchor on television. This was the first time when a self-made star decided to be on small screens! His wife, Jaya Bachchan, doubted his decision, but he utilized the new opportunity to the fullest. We can’t even think of any other anchor who can do a better job in hosting KBC. Can you? I just can’t.

He has set a very high standard for the forthcoming KBC’s anchor. His voice, that he got rebuffed for, his height, that he was called incompetent for, have played an enormous part in the roles that he has undertaken till now.

Always do your best whatever you do! Say hello to new opportunities and dig into them because you never know what turns your life would take.

5. “Wahan se tumhe yeh cheh dikh raha hoga. Lekin yahan se mujhe yeh nau dikhta hai” -Aakhree Raasta

Every perspective holds something in its hands…

Amitabh Bachchan has earned this superstardom after cuddling with so many perspectives that tried to knock his voyage. From ‘Zanjeer’ to ‘Pink’, he has been able to deliver commendable performances only because he understood the perspective of a young angry man as well as of a lawyer. Portraying non-identical roles on screen with the same conviction is what differentiates an excellent actor from good actors. It is possible only if you look deeply into the viewpoints of others and incorporate them in your set of opinions.

This thing holds true in each one of our professional fronts! If we don’t try understanding the new perspectives, how would we grow? How would we ever become the best version of ourselves?

A different perspective gives you a new approach which you may or may not adopt. But every time, you come across a different perspective, you either acquire a new knowledge from it or keep arguing. It’s your call to decide!

Happy birthday angry young man!

By the way did you know that Bachchans were Srivastavas before? Bachchan is the primary character in the poems of Harivansh Rai Bachchan (Father of Big B) which became a patronymic after the suggestion of Amit’s father’s best friend.

Which dialogue of Mr. Bachchan do you like the most? Let us know in the comment section below.

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