Shahenshah: 30 Years On, Lessons from the Baap of Avengers

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Shahenshah: 30 Years On, Lessons from the Baap of Avengers

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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n 1988, three long years after he quit Bollywood and entered politics, Amitabh Bachchan, the OG angry young man, returned to the big bad world of movies. His comeback came on the back of a vigilante goldmine that’ll go down in history for gifting the world two extraordinary pop-culture moments: a nocturnal avenger who wore the raddest costume ever, and a catchphrase that keeps on giving.

“Rishte mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hai, naam hai Shahenshah,” bellows Amitabh Bachchan, the eponymous hero in Tinu Anand’s Shahenshah, signalling the arrival of numerous blows on unsuspecting evil men. But over the years, the line has metastasised: It has become a conversation starter, found its way into parodies and memes.

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