Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor’s latest statement claiming that after the failure of his last three films viz. BESHARAM, ROY and BOMBAY VELVET, he is under pressure and worried about the success of TAMASHA looks mechanical and a marketing gimmick to garner sympathy from his fans.
History is packed with many examples when even great actors like Dilip Kumar, Rajesh Khanna, Amitabh Bachchan have gone through lean phases in their careers but they never begged for a hit. Instead they have slogged hard and retuned with a bang!
Just take the example of Star of Millennium Amitabh Bachchan, who has seen not one or two lean phases in his career but witnessed three rough phases and after each downfall he came back with a vengeance.
In the late 60’s after his debut film SAAT HINDUSTANI, when he won the National Award for the ‘Outstanding Discovery of the Year’ and later with ANAND, which fetched him his first ‘Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award’ he was flooded with film offers.
In the mad rush to mint money he signed whichever film that came his way, without t thinking twice about its consequence. As a result he paid a heavy price for his folly as most of the films failed and a situation came when he had to pack his bag and leave Mumbai.
But he was not the one to loss the battle so easily hence like a brave solider he continued his struggle and hit gold with ZANJEER, the movie that crowned him with the esteemed title of Superstar!
In the 80’s when Bachchan was ruling the roost suddenly destiny played a cruel game and Amitabh suffered a near-fatal accident while shooting an action scene for Manmohan Desai's COOLIE at Bengaluru in 1982.
The accident was so severe that in an interview Bachchan candidly disclosed that for a couple of minutes he was clinically dead but yet again he did not give up and like a phoenix he rose from the ashes.
After his voluntary retirement from Bollywood in the late 80’s after failures like GANGA JAMUNA SARASWATI, TOOFAN, JAADUGAR, MAIN AZAAD HOON etc Bachchhan made his comeback with his own company Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Ltd. (ABCL) but alas all the films like TERE MERE SAPNE, SAAT RANG KE SAPNE, MRITYUDAATA, MAJOR SAAB, AKS etc. produced were disaster.
Amitabh Bachchan was under heavy debt but once again like a determined fighter he fought back and with Yash Chopra’s MOHABBATEIN he proved that fighters never lose battle and like his father Harivansh Rai 'Bachchan'’s poem… Koshish Karne walo ki kabhi haar nahi hoti…. he is a testimony that sincerity and hard work always succeeds.
I think its high time Ranbir Kapoor stops making ‘Tamasha’ and takes a lesson from the fighting spirit of Amitabh Bachchan and learn to face the odds!!!