Mumbai: Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna ruled the Box Office in the 1970s and collaborated in several blockbuster films together.
Off screen the two actors shared a great camaraderie as well. Which is why when Big B first got the unfortunate news of Khanna’s demise on Thursday, the supserstar walked out of an Sarkar 3 promotions mid-way to rush to the actor’s residence.
Big B attended the funeral of the late actor along with his son Abhishek Bachchan and later wrote a heartfelt note for his departed friend on his personal blog. Recalling his initial days in Bollywood, Big B wrote about the forged friendship on the sets of Reshma and Shera – a film directed by Sunil Dutt and which starred both of them.
“I first saw him entering the Ajanta Arts office in Bandra, of Sunil Dutt, where I was making my way to seek a job .. a most good looking handsome young man .. a body in elegant frame .. a swagger in his walk .. and a gentle smile as he looked towards me .. it was 1969 .. he was working in the Ajanta Arts film, ‘Man ka Meet’ .. I was struggling to get a role, any role, anywhere ..In time we met again within the same precincts .. he and I were working in the same film of Dutt Saheb, ‘Reshma aur Shera’ .. look trials in the office of the film .. travel and sittings on the story,” Bachchan wrote.
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— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) April 27, 2017
Bachchan recalled how the actor was friendly and warm to a newcomer like him and how they forged a friendship working on some of the cult classics together. Big B also mentioned how Khanna used to bring his two sons to the sets of Amar Akbar Anthony “his generosity in smuggling me into the only Disco Club in the city at the Taj, where he was a member, and I not even remotely in any state to become one .. his marriage to Geetanjali, whom he and we all fondly called Gitly .. the birth of his sons, Rahul and Akshay, whom he often brought on to the sets of AAA ..” reads the blog
Vinod Khanna breathed his last on Thursday, 27th April after battling Cancer for many years. His last rites were performed later that day in Mumbai.