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When Sayani shattered Big B’s dreams

Friday, June 13, 2014
By Nanda Das

Very few are aware that megastar Amitabh Bachchan had nurtured a dream of becoming a radio presenter before trying his luck in Bollywood and even visited the Mumbai studio of All India Radio for auditions.

The versatile radio announcer, Ameen Sayani, who is back on Radio with his new show 'Sitaron ki Jawaniyaan', has revealed that he did not have time to meet him as the actor had not taken an appointment for a voice audition. “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 every process of radio programming. One day, a young man named Amitabh Bachchan walked in without appointment for a voice audition.

“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 told PTI in an interview.

When Sayani (81) watched 'Anand' (1971), where Bachchan starred opposite Rajesh Khanna at a trial show, 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. The two  later laughed about it.

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