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‘Dad Borrowed Money From Staff To Get Food’, Abhishek Bachchan On Family’s Financial Woes

There is no doubt that Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan has carved his name in the legendary hall of fame of Indian cinema.

The 79-year-old star has had tremendous success come his way and literally possesses everything ranging from supercars, private jets, plush properties.

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However, there was a time during his career that things were so bad that he was actually forced to borrow money for food.

This is revealed by his son and actor Abhishek Bachchan, who was studying in Boston, United States at the time of the financial crisis.

Speaking on The Ranveer Show podcast, Abhishek said:

“I spoke to my father from college. My family was going through a difficult financial time. And I just felt like a son, although I might not have been qualified at that point in time, that I needed to be with my father. Even for moral support. He’s a big guy on moral support. He likes to know his family’s around. I said I can’t be here sitting in Boston when my father doesn’t know how he’s going to get dinner. And that’s how bad it was. And he said it publicly.”

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He revealed how Abhitabh was actually forced to borrow money from his staff in order to get food:

“He had to borrow money from his staff to put food on the table. I just felt morally obliged to be with him. I called him and I said ‘You know dad, I think I want to leave college halfway and come back and just be with you, try and help you in whatever way. At least you’ll know that your boy is next to you and he’s there for you’,” added Abhishek.

Abhishek is currently starring in the recently released crime-thriller film Bob Biswas, with the movie showcasing the acting versatility of the star.

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When Abhi told his dad how adamant he was to come back home and pursue action, Big B was more than glad, but he issued some serious advice too. 

“So, he was very emotional, he was very touched, he was very moved but he ended the rest of the conversation, which obviously I won’t give up, but he said: ‘I’m glad.’ Because I mean we’d already discussed that I would like to be an actor. He said, ‘I’m glad, come back. Bhasha sikho (learn the language). Because Shakespeare doesn’t work over here. And I realize that today, that I was very out of context.”

It looks like Junior B is finally getting the recognition in Indian cinema that he deserves. May he continue to entertain us with more such movies. 

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