The 71-year-old thespian was in the capital for a talk on "Cinema as the mirror of society" at the India Today Conclave 2014, and was asked how he managed to bring the society's pains and pressures so effectively on the screen with his movies.

"The image was more an instigation from the people who wrote films at that time. I would credit the writers of that time... writers like Salim-Javed (Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar). They thought about it. I am merely an actor who happened to get a role in films like that," Amitabh said.

When "Zanjeer" came out in 1973, the corruption levels and low economic growth had cast a pall of gloom on the country and the common man was upset with the system - a predicament which was well-captured with the angst in Amitabh's iconic portrayal as Inspector Vijay Khanna.

"They (the writers felt the anguish, the wrath, discontent and dissatisfaction among the people in the society and embodied it in one man - the angry young man (Inspector Vijay Khanna in 'Zanjeer')," said Big B, adding that he hates such "epithets".

His 1979 film "Kaala Pathhar", also penned by the indomitable Salim-Javed, highlighted the plight of coal miners and was also in sync with reality.

But Amitabh said: "I am just the voice in the films, but the thoughts and words are of the writers. The cinematic expression is of the writers."

The response, as expected, was met with applause.


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