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Big B got best written roles; Shashi, Dharmendra, I got sidelined: Rishi Kapoor

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: January 20, 2017 | Updated on: January 20, 2017

Amitabh Bachchan has never given due credit to the actors who have worked with him, says Rishi Kapoor.

Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan last shared screen space together in 'Ajooba'.

Rishi Kapoor and Amitabh Bachchan last shared screen space together in 'Ajooba'.

Mumbai: This year witnessed the launch of two autobiographies by the Hindi movie personalities, Karan Johar and Rishi Kapoor. The two have made their stupendous mark in Bollywood and it’s obvious they have their own story to tell.

Till recently, excerpts from Karan’s autobiography, 'An Unsuitable Boy' were making news for its bold content and, now, it’s Rishi Kapoor’s book 'Khullam Khulla: Uncensored' that 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."

Rishi is known for speaking his mind. The man has never shied away in expressing his opinion on social media or a live show. He is as brutal as a Samurai.

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