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Nitesh Kumar Sahoo

"Yeh police station hai... tumhare baap ka ghar nahi...". 49 years ago, theatres must have echoed with claps and whistles after Amitabh Bachchan delivered this dialogue after kicking the chair while Pran (Sher Khan) was trying to make himself comfortable on it. 

This popular dialogue is from the movie Zanjeer of 1973 which scripted history while embarking on several other milestones. Though Bachchan made his debut in the industry long back in 1969 with Saath Hindustani, he was ignored by big producers and directors as a 'failed newcomer' and was still struggling. Even Bachchan bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for Anand in 1971, but that couldn't help him rise to stardom.

However, 1973 had different plans. Screenwriter-duo Salim-Javed had written the script, story and screenplay of Zanjeer. The movie was an action-thriller film and the makers were in soup for finding the lead actor as many leading actors had turned down the proposal. Writer-duo Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar discovered Bachchan and his talent. The writer-duo introduced Amit with producer Prakash Mehera and the making of history began after that.

It was the day that changed the wave in Bollywood and introduced a new era of crime film with violent actions which was in contrast to romantic-themed films. B-Town got its 'Angry Young Man' in Amitabh Bachchan. Amit's screen name Vijay also earned a wide fan base and was repeated in several other movies. Vijay own the hearts of movie lovers fighting a crooked system and circumstances of deprivation and he continued this in several other movies with different blends. To name a few, Deeewar, Trishul, Kaala Patthar and Shakti were one of the kinds that made Amit's way to achieving stardom. 

Zanjeer didn't just showcase violence and fight against corruption, it also presented a magnificent bond of friendship between Sher Khan (Pran) and Vijay. The duo tightened the noose to take down the antagonist.

The historic movie was remade in 2013 with Ram Charan in place of Amit and Priyanka Chopra replaced Jaya while Sanjay Dutt portrayed Sher Khan's role. However, the movie bombed at the box office.

'Real Don' turns 44: Vijay leaves trails to reminisce

"Don ko pakadna muskil hi nahi, na mumkin hai," this dialogue is still recited by movie buffs during different occasions. There are several other iconic dialogues from the movie that are still used by many.

Bachchan gets dubbed as the 'Real Don' as the movie was remade in several other languages, including Hindi which starred Shah Rukh Khan in the titular character. Though the movies achieved success, Bachchan has left trails to reminisce in the original movie. 

As per media reports, the producer of 'Don' Nariman Irani passed away before the film could release. A humble Bachchan dedicated the best actor award for 'Don' to Irani's wife.

Bachchan's dominance continues even after 5 decades

Bachchan is looked upon as an inspiration by several existing and aspiring actors across the country. Even he has fandom across the globe. 

His recent release 'Jhund' and its massive success prove the potential of Big B. It won't be wrong to say that even at this age, he is the torch-bearer of Indian cinema. While others of his age have either retired or have been doing inconsequential roles, Bachchan has been doing actions, singing numbers and rocking the dance floors.

In Jhund, he again came up with the screen name Vijay as a retired sports professor, who invests himself and his funds to protect and nurture kids from slums, despite hurdles and financial shortcomings. 

The love for the movie made it possible to install the 'Biggest poster ever' on the rooftops of a slum area near the international airport in Mumbai. 

Even 'Runway 34', which also stars Ajay Devgn, has received massive responses from the audience. 

Till date, Bachchan continues the trend of turning most of his dialogues into iconic. Every cine lover certainly hopes for more of such iconic dialogues, movies and stellar performance from the Millennium star.

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