ABCL went into debt. I was bankrupt, Amitabh Bachchan

Passion for acting, hard work and strong determination helped megastar Amitabh Bachchan overcome the difficult phase of life when he run into bankruptcy. He was bankrupt when his production company Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL) run into loss incurring huge financial crisis. But he got over the tough phase of his life through acting, which is Big B’s first love.

"It was a difficult time. ABCL went into debt. I was bankrupt. The people who expressed desire to work with me at the peak of my career came and hurled abuses at me," Amitabh Bachchan said at a session of Agenda Aaj Tak here on Saturday.

"When you are in such a problem, you don't sleep at night. On one such night, I asked myself 'Who I am' and realised that I came here to act and should stick to it," he said.

In the long tenure of his successful career, Big B worked in many hit movies but ‘Mohabbatein’ is the transition period for which he again gathered confidence and strength to get out of the crisis period.  

"Next morning, I went to (late filmmaker) Yash Chopra and explained my problem and told him that I neither have money nor work. It was then he gave me a role in Mohabbatein and then I started again from that point," he added.

He said that in this difficult period of his life his father Harivanshrai Bachchan's poem Madhushala helped him to gathered strength.  "My father was in a government job and he went for another job at night due to which he came home late. When I opened the door for him, I often asked him 'Why is he so late?' and to which he replied 'Paisa badi mushkil se milta hai' (You don't get money easily)."

"So, when I entered show business, I used to do two to three shifts and reached home late. Then my father asked me the same question and complained about my late arrival. My answer was the same: 'Paisa badi mushkil se milta hai, babuji'. This is one of the many teachings that helps me in my life," he said.

Currently, Big B is shooting for Shoojit Sircar's 'Piku' with Deepika Padukone and Irrfan Khan.