- By Dwaipayan, 16 July 2020
“Change is the nature of life, but the challenge is the aim of life. So always challenge the changes not change the challenges” – Amitabh Bachchan
Failure is a needed and inevitable part of life. If we do not plunge, we will never learn how to pick ourselves back up again and be stronger because of it. Are you afraid to do something because you think you’ll fail? Our biggest fear is failure isn’t it.
Life is too short to worry about the fear of failure to overcome you from pursuing your dreams and living your best life. In this article, we bring you the inspirational real-life story of the megastar Amitabh Bachchan and his bounce back attitude.
A tall and lean young man known for his deep, baritone voice entered the “city of dreams” – the present Mumbai City had to face denials for two best qualities of his. Film Producers, Directors rejected him for being 6 feet 3 inches and had no confidence in him. Can you think, voice test at All India Radio but was rebuffed.
In the year 1969 got his first break in a movie named “Saath Hindustani” but had to struggle for another two years when finally he was offered a role in “Zanjeer” as an angry young man, which changed his film career forever. He soon came into the limelight.
He reached the pinnacle of stardom for the coming years, but in 1982 the Big B suffered a death-like experience on the sets of the movie “Coolie”. The doctors and his family had lost hope after that shocking accident. The unfortunate incident happened when Mr. Bachchan was performing his stunts in the film and on one such scene he was supposed to fall onto a table and then on the ground. Things turned ugly, as he jumped towards the table and hit his abdomen on the corner of the table, resulted in a splenic rupture with acute blood loss. He remained critically ill in hospital for many months, at times close to death. However, after a long period of recuperation, he resumed filming “Coolie” the same year, and guess what? Coolie was a box-office success – the top-grossing film of that year.
But that was not the end to his troubles, he was then diagnosed with
Myasthenia gravis (A long term neuromuscular disease) He started to feel weak both mentally and physically and decided to quit films and venture into politics. After a three-year stint in politics, he returned to films in 1988 playing the title role in "Shahenshah" which was a box-office hit.
Sooner again his power began to wane as his subsequent films could not do well in the box office. Bachchan did not appear in any new releases for the next five years.
During AB’s temporary retirement period his venture into ABCL as a producer did not go well too. The fiasco and the consequent legal battles surrounding ABCL and various entities after the event, coupled with the fact that ABCL was reported to have overpaid most of its top-level managers, eventually led to its financial and operational collapse in 1997.
The Game Changer
The year 2000 was a game-changer, Amitabh Bachchan started to rise into prominence once again with a streak of box-office hits like Mohabattein, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kaante, Khakee, Sarkar and many more. Kaun Banega Crorepati played a decisive role in his comeback. Amitabh Bachchan acknowledges KBC's role in his life and how it played a part in his overall turnaround.
The man was faced with major failure and surrounded by unthinkable debt. This is hard to imagine at that time how he survived but again he proved that he is not an ordinary man who live and die. With "Kaun Banega Crorepati" and "Mohabattein" he redefined his position in Indian cinema. Amitabh emerged again as a winner and slapped the critics who declared him "finished"
In his own words, Bachchan said KBC acted as a booster professionally and financially. It helped him to pay back all the creditors. “That is the debt that I always recognize” Against this backdrop, Amitabh Bachchan clawed back from the abyss of gloom. He paid back over Rs 90 crore he owed to different people, slowly and gradually.
Bachchan has won numerous accolades in his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor, Dadasaheb Phalke Award as a lifetime achievement award, and many awards at international film festivals and award ceremonies. He has won fifteen Filmfare Awards and is the most nominated performer in any major acting category at Filmfare, with 41 nominations overall.
They say “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going” a true living example of learning and doing even in grave situations. He was declared as Star of the Millenium by BBC poll, by Stardust and even at the survey for the statue at Madam Tusad.
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