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Amitabh Bachchan remembers 48-year association with Vinod Khanna

Vinod Khanna died at the age of 70 early on Thursday morning in Mumbai, after battling cancer. After attending the funeral of his Muqaddar ka Sikander co-star, a sad Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog to pour out his heart over the loss of a friend.

bollywood Updated: May 29, 2017 11:13 IST
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Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna have worked together in more than 10 films.
Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna have worked together in more than 10 films.

After attending the funeral of his Muqaddar ka Sikander co-star Vinod Khanna, a sad Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog to pour out his heart over the loss of a friend.

Amitabh Bachchan at the funeral of veteran actor Vinod Khanna, who died in a Mumbai hospital after a prolonged illness on April 27. (IANS)

“Motionless .. still .. eyes shut in perpetuity .. a form on wooden logs .. covered .. flames about .. and a life turned to ashes,” he wrote.

Vinod Khanna died at the age of 70 early on Thursday morning in Mumbai, after battling cancer. When Amitabh got the news on Thursday afternoon, he reportedly walked out of an interview to visit the hospital and be with the family.

“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 ,” Amitabh wrote.

In a long post, Amitabh remembered the good and bad times that the two actors had been together.

He wrote, “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 .. Thapa saheb, Ali Raza, Sukhdev and those all night meets, most novel for me .. my first brush with the way the film industry functioned .. the time for the shoot and the excitement of travel on a location in Jaisalmer .. the months we spent together and after .. driving in the scorching heat of the deserts of Rajasthan to the location, Pochina, in the sands of nowhere near civilisation .. living under one tent - Vinod, Ranjit, Thapa Saheb, Ali Raza saheb about seven of us in the same tent .. then similar number at a make shift residence in the city of Jaisalmer - Amrish Puri joining us in that room filled with all of us, living laughing, working .. carefree days .. the rigors of that location and its environs ..On return from the location his continued connect with me .. he a big star .. but always most humble with selfless concern for others .. the rides he would take me on, in his recently acquired Beetle VolksWagen, yellow in color .. 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 Amar Akbar Anthony.”

Amitabh and Vinod in a still from Hera Pheri.

Amitabh also talked about an incident that has left him guilt-ridden. “That guilt ridden incident when I had to fling a glass in a scene towards him and it accidentally hitting his chin, cutting him open right through to his teeth .. the remorse regret and guilt within me to date for that unforgiving accident .. rushing him to his doctor, late at night, getting stitched up, driving with him to his house to settle him in and to just keep apologising for this horrific accidental slip,” Big B wrote.

Read the entire blog here.

Amitabh shared a poem by Prasoon Joshi on Twitter and wrote, “Just saw a 48-year-long relationship go up in flames. Allow me to share this poem that reflects the mortal life of humanity.”

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