Amitabh Bachchan: Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan are loved internationally in equal proportion!

Amitabh Bachchan: Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Aamir Khan are loved internationally in equal proportion!

Sr Bachchan thinks that the leading Khans of Bollywood have took the Indian cinema to a global level

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has traveled the world, meeting cinema icons from all over. He feels happy at the growing reach of Indian movies and says younger stars like Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Salman Khan deserve the credit for realising their potential globally and pushing it in the world.

Of course, filmmakers like Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy and Mrinal Sen as well as actors like Raj Kapoor meandered their way into hearts across boundaries with their craft, but the visibility of Indian films – Hindi and regional – currently seems to be at an all-time high.

The movies are not just getting screen space at international film festivals but are also getting theatrical releases in an increasing number of non-traditional foreign markets like Peru, Panama and Morocco.

That gives Amitabh, whom French director François Truffaut once called a “one-man industry”, a reason to cheer. “Internationally, it is very heartening to see the interest in Indian cinema,” the 71-year-old said in an interview.

Going back in time, he said: “For many years in the time when I started, cinema was not marketed or promoted the way it is now. We didn’t know about these markets. There were international distributors, but we never knew exactly what used to happen to a film – we used to give it at a pittance because we never realised that people outside would want to watch a Hindi film or any Indian film.

“But once it began, we found the importance of the number of people that are seeing it. The international market has now become a major territory. It bodes really well because there’s a large expatriate audience and they have passed on their likes to their friends, and therefore this whole community, even foreigners, have started identifying with our films.”

The actor, who made his debut with the 1969 film Saat Hindustani, remembers having performed to a packed audience at London’s Wembley Stadium and at New Jersey’s now-demolished Giant Stadium in the 1980s and 1990s.

“We used to have a stadium full of people where we used to sing, dance to numbers of the Hindi film industry – filling up the Wembley Stadium of 65,000 people – it was immense – New Jersey – 75,000 people. I saw the amount of love, affection and interest and that was really a revelation for us.

“But somewhere the generation that came immediately after us – Shahrukh, Salman, Aamir and (filmmaker) Karan Johar too – they pushed this potential into the international world. So if you want to give credit for the recognition, these are the people who should be credited,” Bollywood’s once ‘Angry young man’ said.

He added that it is because of works like Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which “became an iconic film in the western world”, that it was found that Indian films had a potential abroad.

“Shahrukh is as popular in Germany as he is here, Hrithik (Roshan) and Salman and Aamir are loved internationally in equal proportion. So, obviously Indian cinema is doing well.

“The fact that there are festivals that invite our films and personalities and stars, is also wonderful. Marrakech, Cannes, Berlin, US, Britain…that’s wonderful,” said Amitabh, who is due to attend the Melbourne International Film Festival towards the end of July.Subscribe to me on YouTube


  • Sathanomsa

    من نجوم المفضلين لدى هم اميتاب بتشان و شاروخان فقط في سينما الهندية هم من احسن و افضل نجوم في بوليود و ايضا سلمان خان و عامر خان و هريثيك روشان من نجوم مميزين جدا في بوليود يا بوليود الحياة
    Star’s favorite are Amitabh and Shahrukh Bachn only in Indian cinema are the best of the best and star in Bollywood and also Salman Khan and Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan star in Bollywood very distinct Ya Bollywood Life

  • asasa

    then why do their movies earn one tenth of Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt’s films. Stop living in delusion, bollywood!!

    • saba

      here is not aby discuss about earning ..!!
      it just about what bollywood is famous all over for.

  • Guest

    Totally agree with Big B!

  • saba

    this credit goes to SRK more cause most of places people knows bollywood by the name of SRK only.