A Walk Down Memory Lane: Amitabh Bachchan in 'Reshma Aur Shera' (1972)

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Amitabh Bachchan in 'Reshma Aur Shera' (1972)  0
A Walk Down Memory Lane: Amitabh Bachchan in 'Reshma Aur Shera' (1972)  0

This photo was posted by Mr. Bachchan himself on his Facebook page, reflecting on the memories he holds while shooting for the film 'Reshma Aur Shera' in a tiny village called Pochina near Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. This was his second film after 'Saat Hindustani'.

He writes a bit more about his personal experience while filming and allows us to get a glimpse of the friendly atmosphere that prevailed in those sets.

The cast and crew lived in tents and were warned against venturing too close to the border of Pakistan. They shot for months in the desert locations, facing the extreme cold in winter and the and unbearable heat during the summer days.

Amitabh Bachchan writes on Facebook: "Being close to the border with Pakistan, we were asked not to venture out without armed protection, in case we crossed over the LOC. We lived in tents during the entire schedule, which lasted several months. We would travel to Jaipur on a plane, then a private airline Dakota and since there was no airport at Jaisalmer, we drove to get there."

"A 7 year old child from the village had never known what rain was, because it had never rained there for seven years. We all lived 6-7 to a tent. My tent mates were the writer Ali Raza Saheb, Ranjit and Vinod and Thapa Saheb who worked along with Dutt Saheb in the film as a writer. It was the second film of mine after my first Saat Hindustani, and the greatest joy was to be alongside Waheeda ji my favourite. Scorpions, invisible in colour and sand snakes abounded. Many scorpions were discovered almost every day in each of our beds under our mattresses and our old world 'hold alls'. The camp was surrounded by sand dunes which changed positions almost each day, but at night the stars were so close we could almost reach out and catch them, as we often would sit on top of some of the dunes in the pleasant evenings .."

'Reshma Aur Shera' is now a classic, which also received critical acclaim at the time of release. The movie also witnessed a 13 year old Sanjay Dutt for the first time to grace the silver screen, playing the role of a qawaali singer.


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At first I thought: wth is Sonu Sood doing in this old picture from 1972? He could so easily pass as Amitabh's son/twin that's uncanny. Young Amitabh looks perfectly like Sonu today, or Sonu resembles perfectly young Amitabh.
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So true , he resembles sonu sood a lot.

  • 2 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Wed, 2013-03-27 13:09 — Green

    I like reading about Big B. He's so experienced and he's seen highs and lows. He really is one of the best in India. Aamir Khan said it once, that no one in India has ever experienced the kind of stardom that Amitabh Bachchan has.

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    Perhaps but let us not forget Rajnikanth :)

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    Maybe but let us not forget about Salman Khan :)

  • 2 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Wed, 2013-03-27 13:09 — Green

    I like reading about Big B. He's so experienced and he's seen highs and lows. He really is one of the best in India. Aamir Khan said it once, that no one in India has ever experienced the kind of stardom that Amitabh Bachchan has.

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    Perhaps but let us not forget Rajnikanth :)

  • 2 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    I love Big B. he is an institution in Bollywood

  • 2 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    'We all lived 6-7 to a tent.'

    Imagine that. The stars these days would demand trailers and refuse to stay in less than 5-star accomodations. Brats!

  • 2 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    Wed, 2013-03-27 13:09 — Green I can't grasp the fame and love Amitabh gets in India. He himself though, along with many others, said that Rajesh Khanna had the most fame and saw adulation that's never been seen before or since. I agree Rajesh Khanna may have been the first super star and enjoyed a complete high, but Amitabh Bachchan's fame and adulation has been the longest and most enduring. The Khans - Aamir, SRK, Salman too enjoy immense adulation but nothing like the level of the big b and imagine from how many years now it's been going on...remarkable!

  • 2 years ago
  • Anonymous's picture

    so true...he is a legend, extremly humble, classy and SUPERSTAR

  • 2 years ago
  • Green's picture

    I like reading about Big B. He's so experienced and he's seen highs and lows. He really is one of the best in India. Aamir Khan said it once, that no one in India has ever experienced the kind of stardom that Amitabh Bachchan has.

  • 2 years ago
  • femalequixote's picture

    At first I thought: wth is Sonu Sood doing in this old picture from 1972? He could so easily pass as Amitabh's son/twin that's uncanny. Young Amitabh looks perfectly like Sonu today, or Sonu resembles perfectly young Amitabh.

  • 2 years ago
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