The world of cinema is a dynamic field where interpersonal relationships are constantly evolving. Peer pressure, insecurities and professional rivalries are embedded in the film industry, and sometimes, on-screen chemistry fails to translate into real-life camaraderie. One such case is the relationship between two legendary actors Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha, who have shared the screen on several occasions. Insiders have revealed that there was a time when both the actors could not take their eyes off each other.
In his memoir, Anything But Khamosh, Shatrughan Sinha recounts this phase of his career and highlights Amitabh Bachchan’s insecurities. Sinha recalls how Amitabh seemed reluctant to work with him, as he “could see the reaction”. [Sinha] The memoir describes how Amitabh’s insecurities about Sinha reached its peak during the filming of Kala Patthar. Sinha also shared instances from film sets where actresses next to Amitabh The chair was never given to him and how both the actors traveled between shooting locations at the same time, yet Amitabh never invited him to join him in his car.Sinha watched several of Amitabh Bachchan’s films in the process. It is also mentioned to leave and return the signing amount.
“People say that Amitabh and I made a good on-screen pair, but he did not want to work with me. The audience felt that in the films Kala Patthar, Dostana, Shaan and Naseeb, I was heavy on Amitabh Bachchan. But it never bothered me,” reveals Sinha.
Years later, Shatrughan Sinha openly expressed his disappointment at not being invited to Abhishek Bachchan’s wedding. Eventually both the actors resolved their differences. When Sinha’s memoir, Anything But Khamosh, was unveiled in 2016, Amitabh Bachchan also attended a book launch event to support his former colleague.
This anecdote offers a glimpse into the complex dynamics behind the scenes of the film industry. Despite any struggles or insecurities, both Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha have left an indelible mark on Indian cinema, and their on-screen collaboration is still loved by audiences.