WEB DESK: The 23rd death anniversary of Amjad Khan known for his role as ‘Gabbar Singh’ is marked today.
Dialogues from his movie have become part of conversation in the Hindi-Urdu speaking diaspora. They connect generations together– here are five facts you need to know about the much loved villain of Bollywood.
1) Amjad Khan was not the first choice for the character of Gabbar. It is believed that Javed Akhtar initially thought that his voice was too weak for the role.
2) To prepare for the role of Gabbar, he read Abhishapta Chambal which is a book on Chambal dacoits. The book is written by Jaya Bachchan’s father, Taroon Kumar Bhaduri
3) It is said that Amjad Khan took 40 retakes to perfect his dialogue “Kitne Aadmi The?”
4) Gabbar Singh is the most quoted Bollywood villian of all times in Hindi cinema.
5) Khan continued to play negative roles in many Hindi films from 1970s to early 1990s, after the success of Sholay