Actor Amitabh Bachchan spoke of a contestant on his game show Kaun Banega Crorepati 14 (KBC 14), who was charged with lathi following a stampede when he went to see Muqaddar ka Sikandar (1978). Speaking to his blog, Amitabh Bachchan spoke about the incident which was shared to him by the contestant. After the person has succeeded in obtaining ₹10, with great difficulty, to watch the film, he was beaten and suffered a head injury. Amitabh also wrote how the contestant vowed to himself never to watch the film unless he was accompanied by “the film’s main man”, Amitabh. (Also read | Amitabh Bachchan ‘didn’t have an answer’ for 5-year-old who advised him to ‘sit at home, relax’ at 80)
He wrote: “The contestants, may the Almighty bless them all, bring the color that shines so brightly into the arena, and with their stories of effort and association, bringing emotion and happiness around…for the one whose love began in the early 70s for one of my films and then matured to this day finding yourself in front of me and talking about me is really the story of great abandonment and emotion.. “
Speaking about the contestant, Amitabh said, “He came from a limited background.. both in family means and in environment, but wanted to see one of my films – Muqaddar ka Sikandar.. he commented that I owed something and pushing it revealed his desire to see the movie mentioned and not having the means.. so he managed to get hold of ₹10 – somehow and drove miles to a theater after doing all the math possible on how that 10/-, would be spent or be enough to get the movie seen.. lasted for hours, with the 10/- ₹and the moment his turn came to the box office window, a rush for tickets and a jostling of the public led to the call of the police and chaos.
He continued: “In this wild atmosphere he was pushed and shoved and carried the ‘lathi charge’ scattering the crowds, finding himself thrown to the ground, injured in the head and the 10/- gone into the fray.. he swore never to see that movie that day and swore he would only see it if and when the main man of the movie sat down next to him and watched it together.. .. that’s been over 20 years old and he kept his promise not to see him.. until i gave him his loss ₹10/-, with an interest of 10/- and assured him that maybe one day we could see the movie together.”
Muqaddar Ka Sikandar is a drama film produced and directed by Prakash Mehr. It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Vinod Khanna, Raakhee, Rekha, Amjad Khan, Kader Khan, Mayur Raj Verma, Ranjeet, Yusuf Khan and Nirupa Roy.