Bank clerk, how he became a simple hero of the 80s, beat ‘Sholay’ and ‘Deewar’ to record

New Delhi. The era of 80’s when action heroes like Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna and Shatrughan Sinha dominated. At the same time, a simple-looking actor was making his place in the industry, who had neither a hairstyle nor a stylish look. If this artist had something special, then it was his charming smile and a lot of acting. The name of this ordinary looking artist is Amol Palekar. He earned a name in Hindi cinema when big stars used to speak in the Hindi film industry.

The life of Amol Palekar, who looked very common, was also very common. Do you know that Amol used to work as a clerk in Bank of India. Then how he reached the cinema industry and became special to the people by giving blockbuster films like ‘Golmaal’, ‘Gharaunda’ and ‘Baaton Baaton Mein’. Do you know that in the 80s people used to call him ‘Amitabh Bachchan’ of small budget films.

How bank clerk became hero of films
Ordinary looking Amol Palekar once worked as a clerk in a bank. He was serving in Bank of India. But it is said that the love which does not make you do is little. Something similar happened with Amol as well. Fell in love with a simple girl named Chitra, who was associated with the theatre. He joined the theater because of that. What was it then, I started enjoying my work. When he met Satyadev Dubey in the theatre, he got a chance to act in a play.

Vidya Sinha and Amol Palekar in a still from the film Rajnigandha. (Photo Credits: Film History Pics/Twitter)

Learned basic acting from Satyadev Dubey
Amol Palekar had said in an interview that he had learned basic acting from Satyadev Dubey. After this, he started his film journey as an actor. Director Basu Chatterjee saw his work and then he gave him a chance to act in ‘Rajnigandha’. This film became a super-duper hit.

Beats ‘Deewar’ and ‘Chupke Chupke’
After this, Basu Chatterjee cast him again for ‘Chhoti Si Baat’. But this was the period when Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra’s ‘Sholay’ were making a riot and it was difficult to sell the film, then Rajshree Production released the film, then ‘Chhoti Si Baat’ replaced ‘Sholay’, ‘Deewar’ ‘ and ‘Chupke-Chupke’ and won the Filmfare Award by beating blockbuster films.

How did the ‘Amitabh Bachchan’ of small budget films become?
Amol Palekar was called ‘Amitabh Bachchan’ of small budget films in that period. People said this to him because, in the same period, Anitabh Bachchan was also giving superhit films one after the other, whose budget was also very good. In that period, he came as a godsend for small budget filmmakers. Amol Palekar has given many memorable films to Bollywood like ‘Chitchor’, ‘Gharaunda’, ‘Meri Biwi Ki Shaadi’, ‘Golmaal’, ‘Naram-Garam’, ‘Shriman-Shrimati’. He is more active as a producer director.

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