Actor Ranveer Singh gives the credit of making him realize his potential to megastar Amitabh Bachchan. The 29-year old ‘Gunday’ star said Big B has always been a source of inspiration for him. He said, “Amitabh Bachchan has had a great influence on the Indian pop culture and on me. He is an icon, a living legend in the truest sense. My earliest and fondest memories of engaging with Hindi cinema are all directly related to Amitabh Bachchan. My dadi (grandmother) used to say that I should grow up and become a hero like him. Once at a party, I was dancing and the crowd gathered and they started whistling and clapping. That was my first experience of being a performer and the song was Amitabh Bachchan’s famous numberJumma Chumma.”
The Band Baaja Baaraat fame actor said that at one time he felt that he cannot do anything in the industry as he is an outsider with no connections. At that time Mr. Bachchan helped him a lot. In his words, “The question of becoming a hero was getting bigger and serious for me day by day. I was an outsider, so I felt I didn’t have a chance. But I wanted to be close to acting, so I opted for creative writing. I went to America to pursue that and in one class I got to enact the epic ‘Mere paas maa hai’ scene from Deewaar.
“It was again Amitabh Bachchan’s influence, which became a turning point in my life. No one there understood what I said but they all clapped. That was again a time when I realized that I loved being a performer. I told my father that I just want to act. He asked me to complete graduation and then chase my dream. That day changed it all for me. I decided that I will try my hand at becoming a Bollywood hero,” he added.
Ranveer also said that Big B not only motivated him but also many other actors like him, “In the coming years, I believe Bollywood will be defined as BB and AB – ‘Before Bachchan’ and ‘After Bachchan’.”