When Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra designed the French beard of Amitabh Bachchan that marked his style statement

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Published by Mohit Kumar Dixit on 06 Aug 2021

Filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has been in news for launching his autobiography, The Shadow in the mirror. Now, an excerpt from his book has been released.

Amitabh Bachchan, the star of the millionium, have shared an interesting anecdote about his time working with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in the film ‘Aks’. In an excerpt penned by Amitabh Bachchan in Mehra’s autobiography, he told that his French beard was designed by Mehra which later became his style statement. His statement reads, “He was the one who designed by French beard for his film Aks; I haven’t removed it since.” While Sharing the excerpt, Rakeysh wrote, “Can a debut director ask for a more legendary initiation onto the big screen?”

In an another excerpt, Rakeysh penned the first reaction of Amitabh Bachchan when he first read the script of Mehra’s debut film ‘Aks’. In a note titled Let’s Do It in Mehra’s autobiography, he wrote, “It was the winter of 1998. I had given Amit ji (Amitabh Bachchan) a script that he was supposed to read over an evening flight to Delhi (Hope springs eternal!). I was quivering like a fiddle string, excited with anticipation, about what he would think. ”

“Unexpectedly, my phone rang at 11 p.m. A hushed voice spoke to me, whispering and yet managing to drown the mechanical, oddly piercing background noise of a plane making its way after landing. AB: What were you drinking? Me: Sorry sir! AB: What were you drinking when you wrote this script? Me: Rum and Coke, sir. AB: Let’s do it!”

Rakeysh has shared many interesting stories in his autobiography, The Shadow in the mirror. The book has been co-authored by Reeta Ramamurthy Gupta.

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