Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: Shocking Facts About ‘Shahenshah’ Will Give You Goose Bumps

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: Shocking Facts About ‘Shahenshah’ Will Give You Goose Bumps

Happy Birthday Amitabh Bachchan: Shocking Facts About ‘Shahenshah’ Will Give You Goose Bumps

Amitabh Bachchan – The star of the millennium, the icon for the icons turns eighty-one today. The actor the phenomenon in a highly illustrated career spanning fifty-four years is still going on to inspire educate and enlighten generations after generations.

Hailed as the ‘Shahenshah’ of Bollywood, today on the eighty first birthday of Amitabh Bachchan, we in our Cineblues Amitabh Bachchan special bring to you certain shocking facts about Amitabh Bachchan’s iconic movie ‘Shahenshah’ that will give you goose bumps


Amitabh Bachchan refused to do ‘Shahenshah’

The shooting of ‘Shahenshah’ was about to begin in around fifteen days. Suddenly, Tinnu Anand gets a message from Amitabh Bachchan that he should come to Mysore (Amitabh was shooting for Mard) and do not send his unit of Shahenshah to Bangalore.

Sensing something quite serious, Tinnu went running to Mysore only to find out that Amitji is in Madras (Chennai) and is admitted in hospital.

Amitabh was suffering from myasthenia gravis (MG). The disease is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which antibodies destroy the communication between nerves and muscle, resulting in weakness of the skeletal muscles.

When Tinnu met Amitabh, he said Tinnu that he is not sure whether he will be able to do Shahenshah so better to take someone else for the role.

Tinnu was speechless, everything was in place but what can be done at this stage.

Later, Tinnu came to know that Amitabh’s health has deteriorated and he has been admitted in Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital. A press statement by Amitabh Bachchan further caused more worries for Tinnu.

Amitabh has said in that statement that owing to his health issues, he will shoot for only those films which are already under progress and will not commence any new project that includes ‘Shahenshah’.


Amitabh Bachchan gets better agrees to do Shahenshah but as ‘Guest Appearance’

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Amitabh Bachchan health shows no improvement and he is taken to out of India for treatment. During this time, Tinnu Anand was in Delhi and he pays a visit to Amitabh’s brother Ajitabh’s place. Tinnu Anand is welcomed with the good news, Amitabh’s health is getting much better and he is likely to commence his work and hopefully will consider acting in couple of new films as well. Tinnu Anand finds a glimmer of hope. After some days, Amitabh is back to work.

Tinnu Anand pays him a visit at the sets of Mard. Amitabh gives a good ear to Tinnu’s problem and agrees to do ‘Shahenshah’ as Guest Appearance.

Tinnu Anand sees some light finally.


Rishi Kapoor is offered the title role of Shahenshah, but he refuses

Tinnu Anand with Rishi Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor and Nadira during the shooting of Duniya Meri Jeb Mein

With a heart filled with hope, Tinnu Anand approaches Rishi Kapoor and offers him the title role of Shahenshah, Rishi and Tinnu have worked together before in Duniya Meri Jeb Mein and Tinnu was damn sure that Rishi will agree as they shared a bonding.

But destiny had another story to tell, Rishi refused to do Shahenshah and poor Tinnu rushes back to Amitabh.


Amitabh Bachchan finally agrees to do Shahenshah

On refusal of Rishi Kapoor, Tinnu Anand goes back to Amitabh Bachchan and Amitabh agrees to do Shahenshah for the sake of his friend Tinnu Anand.

This is how Amitabh Bachchan agreed to do Shahenshah.

Please Note: The Amitabh Bachchan Shahenshah shocking facts in this write up is taken from renowned Late journalist Ramesh Sinha’s Bollywood collection

Aa Se Amitabh      

Kha Se Khayyam

It’s rewritten and compiled in English by Vishal Verma with due permission from Late Journalist Ramesh Sinha’s family)



Shahenshah got released on 12 February 1988 and turned out to be a blockbuster earning around 12 crores at that time (more than thousand crores in today times). Amitabh Bachchan played the title role along with Meenakshi Sheshadri, Pran, Amrish Puri, Jagdeep, Aruna Irani and others.

Amitabh Bachchan received the Filmfare award for best actor for Shahenshah


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