Apparently, my childhood is incomplete because I completely missed a comic book starring Amitabh Bachchan. This man was my idol back when I watched Indian movies – and I only watched his movies, for the most part.
I figure that I missed it because it sold out and TV was very limited there in the 80s and it was likely not considered news-worthy.
Here’s how the idea was hatched:
Adventures of Amitabh Bachchan was the result of an incident that IBH publisher Pammi Bakshi witnessed while she was standing in the balcony of her flat (or so the story goes). Bakshi saw a group of children playing in the compound of a neighbouring building. One boy declared he was Superman and could fly. Another said he was Batman and could scale any building. A third declared he was Amitabh Bachchan and could beat up ten baddies with one hand.
That pretty much sums it up – he was a larger than life character who just kicked ass. In fact, in Deewar he was caught by the neck in some chains, being pulled by 10 bad guys on either side. Naturally, he managed to slam each side into each other and escape.
He was – and still is – an incredible actor. And his movies are my influence for campy coolness – bell bottoms, Lalo Schifrin-inspired soundtracks and ridiculous plots. It’s gold, Jerry – gold!
If you’re interested in checking his movies out, I recommend all of the following:
- Sholay – Two criminals are sprung from prison and hired by a retired police chief to bring down the notorious bandit, Gabbar Singh (one of the THE best bad guys EVER).
- Amar Akbar Anthony – Three brothers are separated as children, raised in 3 different religions and by sheer chance reunite their family and bring down the man who tore them apart.
- Don – A police chief wants to take down a criminal empire by replacing the boss with his lookalike – who happens to be a kind & simple man. Then the police chief dies – taking the secret with him!
- Deewar – A tale of two brothers, one who turns to a life of crime and one who becomes a police man, both to take care of their mother after their father is wrongly imprisoned. Only Amitabh could have played the criminal and been so incredibly sympathetic.
Be warned – some of these movies have been remade in recent years. I found links to the full movies online – enjoy 🙂
Read more about his superhero comic at Happy birthday Mr Amitabh Bachchan, superstar and comic book Supremo