Amitabh got 5000 rupees for the first film, read the story of the film ‘Saat Hindustani’
Kanpur (Internet Desk). Ranchi poet Anwar Ali will turn 80 on October 11. You must be wondering who is this Anwar Ali? It is none other than the superstar of Hindi films Amitabh Bachchan who made his film debut with this character five decades ago. In ‘Saat Hindustani’ released in 1969 by filmmaker Khwaja Ahmed Abbas, the actor played the role of a poet, who lived in Hindpidhi, Ranchi. However, this character is completely fictional i.e. no poet by this name has ever lived in Ranchi.
5 thousand rupees were found in the first film
The story of the film revolves around the fight to free Goa from Portuguese occupation. Seven people from different states of the country leave for Goa on this mission, one of them is Anwar Ali. In one of his dialogues in the film, Amitabh introduces himself by saying: “I am Anwar Ali. I hail from Ranchi, Bihar and do poetry.” The honesty with which Bachchan played the character earned him the ‘Best Newcomer’ award for the role. Interestingly, Abbas paid her Rs 5,000 as a fee for the film.
Where would you have known if Anwar Ali had not been made?
In one of his interviews, Amitabh had said that even though the fees at that time were not very high, it was not too low for a newcomer. He also said: “If I hadn’t got a break as Anwar Ali, I don’t know where I would be today.” Saat Hindustani was first released at Delhi’s Sheela Cinema and Bachchan saw the first show with his parents before the trial screening of the film, in which Abbas sahib had specially invited Meena Kumari. Meena Kumari heaped praises on Anwar Ali’s character, which made Bachchan blush.