Zabardast... Big 49 not out on Bollywood

New Delhi, Feb 15: Today is a special day for Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan. February 15, 1969 is the day when 49 years ago, the film industry's icon Amitabh Bachchan inked his first film, Saat Hindustani. Sharing the trivia on Twitter, the actor wrote: “T 2615 - 49 years ago I came to the city of dreams and signed my first film .. “Saat Hindustani’ on Feb 15, 1969 ..”

Amitabh also shared poster art with stills from the film. It is hard not to observe the gravitas which would soon become Big B’s calling card. However, between 1969 and 1973 Amitabh would face some of the most difficult times of his life.

Saat Hindustani was directed by the Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, also famously known as KA Abbas. The movie narrated the story of a woman who awaits a surgery, recalling her life as a revolutionary along with six other countrymen. She recounts her life as a satyagrahi who fought for the liberation of Goa from Portuguese rule in post-Independence India. Before her surgery, she asks to send telegrams to six of her compatriots -- Bihar-based Anwar Ali Anwar (Big B), Maharashtra-based Shakaram Shinde, Tamil Nadu-based Mahadevan, West Bengal-based Shabut Sanyal, Punjab-based Jogender Nath and Uttar Pradesh-based Ram Bhagat Sharma. She talks of those heady days when she and her set had hoisted the national flag on seven different police stations and monuments in occupied Goa. However, after many years, she is unaware of how her fellow friends and much of her countrymen have been divided on the lines of religion, caste and language.