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Did you know that writer Shahenshah of Amitabh Bachchan completed culminating 23-page dialogues a day before his death? The director recalled his father saying, “I won’t let people say…”

The Shahenshah writer completed Amitabh Bachchan’s climactic 23 pages of dialogue a day before his death (photo credit: photo from film)

The 80s were one of the best decades for Bollywood movies. This decade has given us evergreen films including Karz, Umrao Jaan, Mr India, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak and more. Also among those 80s hits was Amitabh Bachchan’s vigilante action flick Shahenshah. And today we shared some trivia about director Tinnu Anand
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Released in February 1988, the film starred Amitabh as the title character and Inspector Vijay Shrivastav alongside Meenakshi Sheshadri, Pran, Aruna Irani, Prem Chopra and more. While Wikipedia says the story of the film was actress Jaya Bachchan and the screenplay by veteran screenwriter Inder Raj Anand, in a past conversation Tinnu mentioned it. He also revealed how and when his father wrote the film’s climax. Continue reading.

In a past chat with Cinestaan, Shahenshah director Tinnu Anand recalled how his father, writer Inder Raj Anand, wrote Amitabh Bachchan star’s climactic dialogues on his deathbed. He told the publication: “When I went to the hospital, my set was going up, while the dialogues for the climax were not finished. I was worried because I wanted him to finish the whole 23 pages. of dialogue, all delivered by a single actor in court. It was a gigantic effort.”

Continuing further, the director of Shahenshah said the climactic scene was written by his father, Inder Raj Anand, during his final days while hospitalized. The man behind Amitabh Bachchan’s iconic star said: ‘He (Inder) saw the worried look on my face. He called me to his side, oxygen mask on, and said, ‘don’t worry son, I won’t give up on you’. I won’t let people say that a dad let his son down by not finishing his climax.” You won’t believe it, on the last day, just before he took his last breath, he sat down with my assistant in the hospital and he brought the climax to a close.

In the same conversation, Tinnu Anand also talked about Amitabh Bachchan’s wife, Jaya Bachchan, credited with Shahenshah’s story. Denying the same, the director said, “It was all a lie. It was just a matter of convenience. I can’t tell you the reason. It is a known fact that the story was mine. It was me who ceded the title to Jaya ji.

While Shehanshah is known for Amitabh Bachchan’s dual performance – as a comedic policeman and crime-fighting vigilante, his dialogues – especially “Rishtey mein to hum tumhare baap hote hai, naam hai Shahenshah” are known to many (if not of all).

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