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Sunil Dutt was first angry young man: Amitabh

Sunil Dutt was first angry young man: AmitabhMumbai, March 5 Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who earned the tag of “Angry Young Man” after his films “Zanjeer” and “Namak Haraam”, believes the first actor to hold the title is not him but Sunil Dutt who portrayed an angry Birju in the 1957-epic “Mother India”.

In the Mehboob Khan-directed “Mother India”, Sunil Dutt played the rebel son of a woman, played by Nargis, who works hard for survival with her two sons after her husband disappears.

“‘Namak Haram’ bore seeds of the anger that was next seen in ‘Zanjeer’, and the subsequent titling of the epithet ‘Angry Young Man’ by the media,” Big B wrote on his Facebook page.

“But I have always believed that the first powerful depiction or in a sense the birth of the so called ‘Angry Young Man’, was designed by Mehboob Saheb (Mehboob Khan) in ‘Mother India’, where the character Birju, played so brilliantly by Sunil Dutt, was depicted,” he wrote.

While “Zanjeer” featured Amitabh as inspector Vijay Khanna, “Namak Haraam” saw him as Vikram Maharaj.

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One Response to “Sunil Dutt was first angry young man: Amitabh”

  1. a r modak
    April 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    the man, as always, is being modest!
    or maybe, even, patronizing…
    after all, it was sunil dutt and nargis that got him into the idnustry
    but, as far as angst-filled roles are concerned, no-one could have come close to the anger of
    zanjeer
    namak haraam
    deewaar
    the anger of “birju”, was interspersed with laughter, mischief,
    there are no comedic scenes in the above 3films
    so, you are the original angry man!

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