Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Friday said that he was embarrassed by a question which had a reference to ‘wife’ in a popular song that he had lent his voice to in the film Laawaris. He also went on to praise the 1981 film Umrao Jaan, which had earned Rekha the National Award for Best Actress.
The question with a reference to wife was, “What kind of wife is being described in this part of the song?” Hey Bhagwan, one audio will be played here for you.”
Soon after completing his question, Bachchan said, “please play the song. I am very scared now.”
He continued, “Hey Bhagwan. Why are you embarrassing me? You don’t have manners!”
The options were Moti, Chhoti, Lambi and Gori with the correct word being ‘Moti’ which had featured in the song Mere Angne Me Tumhara Kya Kaam Hai from Laawaris starring none other than Bachchan. The song was also sung by the Bollywood megastar himself.
Bachchan clarified that he had not been intimated about the song. Explaining the background of the song, Bachchan informed that it was from film the Laawaris which had Zeenat Aman, Amjad Khan, Ranjit amongst others. “I don’t know who the hero of the film was. Alka Yagnik and one more person who I don’t know had sung the song,” said Bachchan evoking laughter from his guests and the audience.
Bachchan said that filmmaker Prakash Mehra had once heard him perform the Mere Angne song at a Holi party at his house. He insisted to include this otherwise folk song from Uttar Pradesh in his next film and also requested Bachchan to sing it.
“Which of these films won four National Film Awards- Best Music Director, Best Female Playback Singer, Best Actress and Best Art Direction.” The options were Umrao Jaan, Mother India, Arth and Paakeezah.
Bachchan informed that the correct answer was Umrao Jaan, which was directed by Muzaffar Ali in 1981. He said that Rekha had won the Best Actress award, while Khayyam had won the Best Music award. “It was a beautiful film,” said Bachchan.