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Amitabh Bachchan has never given credit to actors who have worked with him: Rishi Kapoor

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Rishi Kapoor has launched his autobiography Khullam Khulla: Uncensored which has generated a buzz. In his book, the actor has blatantly spoken about the unfairness he faced while working with co-actor, Amitabh Bachchan.

“To go back to Amitabh, I must confess there is still a lingering issue I have with Amitabh Bachchan. A big disadvantage of working in an all-star movie in those days was that everybody only wanted to make action films, which automatically meant that the star who could carry off action with the most flair would get the meatiest part. That’s how, with the exception of Kabhi Kabhie, which was a romantic film, none of the multi-starrers I featured in had an author-backed role for me. Directors and writers unfailingly reserved their strongest, pivotal roles for Amitabh Bachchan. And it wasn’t just me. Shashi Kapoor, Shatrughan Sinha, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna faced it too,” Rishi said.

“Amitabh is undeniably a superb actor, immensely talented and, at the time, the number one star who ruled the box-office. He was an action hero, the angry young man. So roles were written for him. Although we may have been smaller stars, we were not lesser actors. Yet, the rest of us had to constantly measure up to him. We had to work hard, really exert ourselves to match up. In my time, the musical/romantic hero had no place. Amitabh was an action hero in an era of action films. As such, writers gave him the lion’s share and he had the authorbacked roles in almost all his films. This gave him an advantage over the rest of us who had to make our presence felt with whatever we got,” he added.

Rishi further wrote, “But this is something that Amitabh has never ever admitted to, in any interview or book. He has never given due credit to the actors who have worked with him. He has always credited his writers and directors, Salim-Javed, Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra, Yash Chopra and Ramesh Sippy. But it is also true that his co-stars had an undeniable role in his success. Shashi Kapoor in Deewaar (1975), Rishi Kapoor in Amar Akbar Anthony and Coolie or Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha and Dharmendra all contributed to the success of his films where they shared credit with him, even if in secondary roles. This is something no one has realized or acknowledged. But it was the way things were and we accepted it gracefully.”

12 Comments

  1. Rajesh Kulkarni Reply

    He is too much barking on selling for his books . Amitabh is legend Rishiji he has overshadow u in the film .

  2. Roric - the srk hater Reply

    Amitji ko kuch nahi bolne ka warna apni daring dikhani padegi

  3. Dekh lo duniya us insaan par bharosa kar rhi thi jo khudh ho bakwaas hai…. Isne hi kaha ki isne filmfare buy kiya hai because he hasn’t get more than others aur sab srk ko bolne lage ki usne bhi buy kiya hai….. But srk ke acting ke liye usko mila hai awards… To kya ab sab ye kyu nhi maan rhe ki rishi Kapoor ne Amitabh ke baare mein shi bola…. Idiots…

    • Amitab kya muslim hai ?? Agar wo koi muslim actor k baare mein bol hota to sab sahi…

  4. Rajeev Bhatia Reply

    He’s right!! amitabh hasnt had any solo hit during his prime.

  5. Dr. Jhangir Khan Reply

    now days he is competing with Rakhi sawant and KRK….first filmfare wala cmmnt and now Amitabh…now all amir fans kidhar hu….fimfake…hahaha…mila jhapad…

  6. I really dont like Amitabh vacchand films in that era except Sholey and Agnipath.

  7. Amit ji kya hain aur ye Rishi kya hai ye sab ko pata hai.
    Amit ji is a self-made superstar whereas Rishi Kapoor is all because of his family. when Amit ji gained respect from all over the worl, this guy Rishi was busy in buying Filmfare Award.

  8. Naresh rajwani Reply

    Thanx for cresting good Publicity by writing this for Big Bachan. . NOW THE TRUTH is That He is Still no_1..And Where r u..?? MR Kapoor and Your Son…?? CAN u Mention who is Still Fan of U..?

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