More than awards, actors nowadays cherish handwritten notes from their seniors in the industry, especially if it is from megastar Amitabh Bachchan. Latest to receive his accolades were Padmaavat actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. However, there is one letter that Big B got and cherishes the most and that is from his idol Dilip Kumar.
Mujhe mera award mil gaya...😇🙏🏽 @amitabhbachchan
there are awards...there are rewards...& then there is THIS!Thank You Baba...🙏 @amitabhbachchan
On the completion of 13 years of his film Black, Bachchan took to Twitter to share the letter by Kumar given to him a few years ago.
The film was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, co-starring Rani Mukerji. In the letter, Dilip Kumar wrote, “With tears of pride in her eyes Saira handed over the print out of your (Big B) eloquent tribute to my work (Dilip Kumar) in your blog. I read it once, then again and again... I am certainly privileged to know from your affectionate compliments that someone as knowledgeable and competent as you has liked my work. Yes, now that you have reminded me, I can recall the scenes that brought us together before the cameras for Shakti. I should say the respect and admiration are mutual. Not just Shakti, your work in several films I have watched has been world class and inimitable.”
Legend Dilip Kumar also wrote about Big B’s Black in the letter, “In recent times, I can remember Black and, if I remember right, Saira and I were at a loss for words at the premiere night, after the curtain came down, to express our myriad feelings of admiration for your outstanding performance. It is a pity the film missed the Oscar nomination. If any Indian actor, in my personal opinion, deserves the world’s most coveted award, it is you.”
Amitabh and Dilip came together on the silver screen only once for Ramesh Sippy’s Shakti (1982). Dilip Kumar essayed the role of a cop and Amitabh’s father, while Bachchan chose to be on the wrong side of the law. The film explored the father-son relationship and its complexities. It also starred Smita Patil, Rakhee and Amrish Puri.
Big B also shared a few more posts regarding his experience and big wins for Black.
Amitabh Bachchan is currently shooting for Vijay Krishna Acharya’s film Thugs of Hindostan also starring Aamir Khan. He will soon start shooting for Nagraj Manjule’s Jhund followed by Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra.