Revealed: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan's biggest fear
Amitabh Bachchan is revered as the megastar of Bollywood. His journey from the ‘Angry young man’ in ‘Zanjeer’ to the father figure in ‘Baabul’ has been a memorable sojourn. Always seeming the undaunted face, eager to take up a challenge, no one believes he could be afraid of anything at all. But the 71-year old states otherwise.
'Anything can happen to me just now and I could lose everything. I think the eventuality of that should never be forgotten. There is always going to be a risk; if you are aware of that risk and the fact that it could happen at the drop of a hat, perhaps that is what drives you to not fall into that situation again. There’s always going to be that fear, that anxiety that you may get back into that situation which was horrendous and most embarrassing. So I guess you just continue working to ensure that doesn’t happen’, says Bachchan.
‘In the year 2000, when the entire world was celebrating the new century, I was celebrating my disastrous fortune. There were no films, no money, no company, a million legal cases against and the tax authorities had put notice of recovery on my home,’ reminisces Bachchan. Although now rock steady at number 5 on Forbes India top 100 celebrity list, he has faced a lot of bad situations in life. Starting from the life threatening accident on the sets of ‘Coolie’ to the financial crisis in 2000, he has risked his life and all his earnings. In 1999, ABCL, a production and event management venture by Bachchan faced a liquidity crunch. Salaries were not getting paid and substantial funds were blocked in film production and distribution.
‘There was a sword hanging on my head all the time. I spent many sleepless nights. One day I got up early in the morning and went directly to Yash Chopraji and told him that I was bankrupt. I had no films. My house and a small property in New Delhi were attached. Yashji listened coolly and then offered me a role in his film, Mohabbatein.’Bachchan says it was then that life restarted with commercials, televisions and films. And he finally repaid the entire debt of 90 crore. When asked if all this was the reason he keeps working even at 71, he says, ‘I don’t know whether that is the reason but I think that is a fear.’