Rishi Kapoor remembers his ‘Big Bear’ Amjad Khan on his 76th birth anniversary

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On Amjad Khan’s birthday, 5 things that make him the ‘Gabbar’ of Bollywood

Happy birthday Amjad Khan, the only actor who could've played Sholay's Gabbar Singh in Bollywood.

“Kitne aadmi the?”
This line echoing in the baritone of Gabbar Singh was enough to give sleepless nights to many. Like Gabbar Singh said onscreen, “…Maa kehti hai so jaa warna Gabbar aa jaayega”. There is definitely no replacing the legendary actor who immortalised Gabbar in our minds as the most ruthless villain Bollywood had ever seen. On the birth anniversary of the iconic actor, here are five things that make him the best bad man Bollywood will ever have.

1. He was cunning.

Amjad Khan had that aura to play the classic villain. His body language and his expressions were too lecherous and guilt-free to be true. Between 1970-1980 Amjad Khan ruled the Indian cinema as the favourite villain, with films like Sholay, Suhaag, Mr. Natwarlal and Himmatwala.

2. His baritone resonated ruthlessness.

Can we forget Amjad Khan as Gabbar, walking on big boulders dragging his belt and plotting against Thakur? Even when he isn’t in the frame, his voice sent a chill down the spine.

3. He was impulsive.

Amjad Khan managed to play every part with utmost conviction. His smile that turned into a sneer before it vanished and he shot someone was a scene we all remember.

4. His laughter gave us chills.

Blame it on his peculiar style of laughter or his head tilt when he did that, Amjad Khan had a style of his own. Though he had a tough competition from his contemporaries like Ajit and Danny Denzongpa, he managed to carve a niche for himself. One major factor was his style of laughter, which was as scary as you can imagine

5. His epic anecdotes.

We refuse to give full credit to his dialogue writers, for if it wasn’t for Amjad Khan’s conviction while delivering those lines, they wouldn’t have sounded as extraordinary. In fact in the 90s when the remix culture was booming, there was an entire album cut titled “Gabbar Mix”, that included songs with his famous lines.

Believe it or not, Sholay was the first major film Amjad Khan signed, the first handful being as a child actor. Infact, he was not even the first choice for the role of Gabbar. it was Danny Denzongpa. It was also heard that Amitabh Bachchan wanted to play that part. So much so that he agreed to do it in Ram Gopal Varma’s remake of Sholay — RGV Ki Aag. But nobody has managed to recreate his aura

Gabbar was just the beginning of his milestone career. In the times when actors struggle to grab the lead roles, here was one name who made a mark as the baddie. The vacuum that he has left will never be filled, at least not anytime soon.

Today is the 76th birth anniversary of Amjad Khan, who played one of the most iconic villains – Gabbar Singh – on the silver screen.
Today is the 76th birth anniversary of Amjad Khan, who played one of the most iconic villains – Gabbar Singh – on the silver screen. Though Amjad Khan is no more, his fans never seize to remember him. On his birthday too, social media kept abuzz with birthday messages for him. And among many, veteran actor Rishi Kapoor also had an adorable wish for his ‘Big Bear

It is astonishing to note, that Amjad Khan was not the first choice for the role of Gabbar Singh in Sholay. Apparently, scriptwriters of Sholay – Javed Akhtar and Salim Khan weren’t convinced that his voice could suit the character of Gabbar. But who would’ve thought he would eventually go down history as the most iconic villain of Bollywood.
Rishi Kapoor remembered the actor and his co-star in many films on his birth anniversary. Kapoor has worked with Khan in films like Zamaane Ko Dikhana Hai, Naseeb, Hum Kisise Kum Nahi, Chala Murari Hero Banne, Naqab and Ginny Aur Johnny. Rishi wrote on Twitter, “Happy Birthday Big Bear Amjad Khan. Remembering you. Baby Bear.”
Amjad Khan had a charisma that made him the best choice to play a baddie onscreen. Though known to be a highly soft-spoken person in real life, what he depicted in films still remains unmatchable. He was addicted to tea on the sets and even ended up drinking about 30 cups a day. One day the actor couldn’t have tea since the milk was over. The next day, he brought two buffaloes on the set so that there was a smooth availability of tea on the sets. The legendary actor, indeed also had a big heart.

Here’s wishing Amjad Khan a very happy birthday!anniversary
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