Shekhar Suman Reveals How Amitabh Bachchan Got Ousted For His 'Constipated Looks' From A Film Studio

Shekhar Suman recalls an unheard anecdote about Bollywood's icon, Amitabh Bachchan, when he got thrown out of a studio during his struggling years.


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Shekhar Suman Reveals How Amitabh Bachchan Got Ousted For His 'Constipated Looks' From A Film Studio

Amitabh Bachchan is one of the evergreen actors of the film industry and there are no two ways about the same. The talented personality has impressed countless fans with some of the most exemplary performances. Even today, at the age of 81, Big B has given every actor a run for their money through his energetic stints across films, television shows, advertisements and more. However, the journey for him hasn’t been a bed of roses and the actor had to struggle through a lot.

Shekhar Suman remembers the time when Amitabh Bachchan got tagged as the constipated actor

In a recent interview with Bollywood Hungama, filmmaker-turned-actor, Shekhar Suman revealed some interesting yet unheard anecdotes about none other than Amitabh Bachchan. He mentioned that before the actor became a superstar, there was a time when Big B was tagged by many filmmakers as a ‘constipated actor’, leading to a downfall of his career along with several missed opportunities. He said:

“I was listening to one of Bachchan saab’s interviews, and he said that for the first few years, 13-14-15 of his films flopped. And directors, without naming him, would refer to him as ‘that constipated actor’.”

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Amitabh Bachchan was ousted for being excessively tall and constipated looking from a studio

Moving on with his string of revelation, Shekhar Suman then mentioned learning from Shashi Kapoor how Amitabh Bachchan was once completely ousted from a studio. Apparently, the makers were irked with Big B’s presence and immediately labelled him as a ‘constipated actor’ who came for work. He also mentioned how All India Radio dismissed Amitabh for a show owing to his harsh, baritone voice. In his words:

“I know it for a fact because Shashi Kapoor told me. He said that there were producers who couldn’t work without him later, but they were the ones who were saying, ‘Oh my God, this constipated looking actor has come again looking for work. Throw him out of the set, who allowed him inside?’. He was rejected for having a bad voice by All India Radio, when he auditioned to be a news reader. How ironic is that? They said he didn’t have a good voice, some people said he’s too tall.”


Amitabh Bachchan was insulted for his looks using abusive words

Concluding his line of thoughts, Shekhar Suman then mentioned how even after being ousted from the studio, Amitabh Bachchan suffered further disgrace and insult. It happened when somebody from the studio approached him in his car and rebuked him unnecessarily with abusive words indicating how the actor must never come back for any acting opportunities. Shekhar expressed:

“He said that he came out of a studio and was sitting in his car, his parents were sitting behind him. One guy came and knocked on the window, and he abused in chaste Hindi, and said, ‘Who the f**k asked you to come here? Have you seen your face? Go back to wherever you’ve come from’. Can you imagine?”

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When Shekhar Suman remembered Shashi Kapoor being attacked by villagers

Previously, while sharing his thoughts on the Honestly Saying Podcast, Shekhar Suman recalled a shocking incident that happened during the shooting of his film, Utsav, that involved the superstar, Shashi Kapoor. Speaking about it, the former mentioned how the actor’s car had hit a man on a village road, post which a thronging number of other villagers surrounded them, to the extent that they even held Shashi Kapoor’s collar.


What do you think about Shekhar Suman’s narration?

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