Big B Is Megastar Because Of Ameen Sayani
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan before trying his luck in Bollywood Bachchan had nurtured a dream of becoming a radio presenter and even visited Mumbai studio Of All India Radio for auditions .
With the new show ‘Sitaron ki Jawaniyaan’ Ameen Sayani the versatile radio announcer is back on Radio. He revealed that he did not have time to meet him as the actor had not taken an appointment for a voice audition.
Sayani said in an interview, “It was somewhere in late 60s when I used to do 20 shows a week, spending most of the day locked up in the sound studio as I was involved in the every process of radio programming. One day, a young man named Amitabh Bachchan walked in without appointment for a voice audition.” He futher added, “I had not a second to spare for this thin man. He waited and left and came back a few more times. But I could not see him and kept telling him through my receptionist to take an appointment and come”.
Sayani 81,l ater know that it was the ‘Sholay’ star who used to come to his office for the auditions.When Sayani watched ‘Anand’ (1971), Bachchan starred opposite Rajesh Khanna, he was bowled over by the persona and voice of Big B without knowing he was the same person who had come for the audition.
Sayani futher says, “Bachchan had come as chief guest for an award function and he spoke about his struggling days when he had gone thrice to a radio station and was not even allowed to sit for an audition. I was shocked to hear that. Later, when I interviewed him we spoke about this at length and laughed on it,” he remembers.