Renowned Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar from Mumbai recently showered praise on New York-based YouTuber Patrick (H) Willems’ video titled ‘I Went To India To Learn About Bollywood.’ In the video’s comments section, he described it as being “fabulous” in various aspects.
However, Bhagwagar pointed out one crucial omission in the more-than-an-hour-long YouTube video episode (which is more like a documentary on Bollywood): the failure to document the charismatic presence of Bollywood’s biggest megastar and legendary actor, Amitabh Bachchan.
In film career spanning over five decades, he has starred in more than 200 films. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the most successful and influential actors in the history of Indian cinema.
Here we explore the merits of Willems’ video episode, while emphasizing the missed opportunity to highlight the exceptional aura surrounding Amitabh Bachchan, the living legend of Bollywood.
PR guru’s insightful feedback
In the words of Bollywood PR guru Dale Bhagwagar, “Your (Patrick (H) Willems’) video on Bollywood was fabulous. Simply fabulous. The editing, the titles, the narrative, the punches… all fab. But one very important aspect you failed to do justice to was the actor you described in the later part of your video as the ‘other star of Sholay.’ Yes, I am talking about Amitabh Bachchan. Like you rightly said, ‘We skipped over the entire decade of the 80s,’ and with reference to Mr. Bachchan, I’d like to add, even the 70s, and his comeback in the 2000s. It would have been great if you had focused more on this ‘living legend’ of Bollywood. He has acted in more than 200 movies and is still going strong at the age of 80. I mean, how can one describe Bollywood without describing the phenomenon called Amitabh Bachchan? Apart from this omission, your video was extremely well-researched and well-made.”
So while Bhagwagar commended the video for its overall quality, he observed that it fell short in adequately acknowledging the greatness of Amitabh Bachchan, the greatest megastar Bollywood has ever produced.
Patrick (H) Willems video on Bollywood
Epitome of stardom in Bollywood
Amitabh Bachchan, the epitome of stardom in Bollywood, holds an unrivaled position in Indian cinema. Bachchan’s status as a true megastar surpasses that of any other actor in the industry. As the Bollywood publicist Bhagwagar pointed out, with a prolific career spanning over 175 movies and still going strong at the age of 80, Bachchan’s towering presence continues to captivate audiences.
While Patrick (H) Willems’ video showcased various aspects of the Hindi film industry, it overlooked the magnetic charm and monumental impact of Bachchan on Bollywood. The video briefly acknowledges his contribution as the “other star of Sholay,” an iconic film that stands as a testament to Indian cinema’s legacy. However, this passing reference fails to capture the full extent of Bachchan’s colossal achievements and enduring popularity.
Amitabh Bachchan’s illustrious filmography includes timeless classics such as Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Deewar (1975), Don (1978), Laawaris (1981), Muqaddar Ka Sikandar (1978), Shahenshah (1988), Sholay (1975) and Zanjeer (1973), which have shaped the landscape of Indian cinema.
Plus, a whole lot of impactful films like 102 Not Out (2018), Aakhree Raasta (1986), Aankhen (2002), Abhimaan (1973), Agneepath (1990), Aks (2001), Anand (1971), Baghban (2003), Bhoothnath (2008), Black (2005), Bombay to Goa (1972), Chupke Chupke (1975), Coolie (1983), Dostana (1980), Geraftaar (1985), Hum (1991), Kaala Patthar (1979), Kaalia (1981), Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Khuda Gawah (1992), Mard (1985), Mili (1975), Namak Halaal (1982), Namak Haraam (1973), Naseeb (1981), Paa (2009), Piku (2015), Pink (2016), Rann (2010), Sarkar (2005), Satte Pe Satta (1982), Shaan (1980), Shakti (1982), Sharaabi (1984), Silsila (1981), Trishul (1978) and Yaarana (1981), apart from the most-watched television show Kaun Banega Crorepati.
The films are emblematic of Bachchan’s unmatched versatility, his ability to excel in intense dramas as well as action-packed blockbusters. Furthermore, Patrick (H) Willems’ video missed a significant opportunity to showcase Bachchan’s remarkable resurgence during the 2000s, solidifying his status as the unparalleled megastar of Bollywood.
Who is Dale Bhagwagar?
Dale Bhagwagar is a Bollywood PR consultant and publicity expert with over three decades of experience in news media. He is the founder of Dale Bhagwagar Media Group, an independent entertainment PR agency in Mumbai, which plays a vital role in initiating media maneuvers such as image-building, brand management, PR hype, crisis management and makeovers in Bollywood.
With his expertise, Bhagwagar has successfully handled media campaigns for over 300 personalities, 30 movies and 20 Bigg Boss contestants. He has also handled the PR for renowned celebrities such as Hrithik Roshan, Shilpa Shetty, Priyanka Chopra, Govinda and films such as the Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Don, Farhan Akhtar-starrer Rock On and Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Aetbaar.
Known for his accessibility, Dale Bhagwagar is often referred to as the most reachable and trusted top Indian publicist. He is the only Indian publicist authorized by all his celebrity clients to double up as their spokesperson in the media.
Apart from Indian media, Bhagwagar is also the only publicist from Bollywood who has been quoted in top best international media such as BBC, Sky News (UK), CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post (US), The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), International Herald Tribune (France) and Pravda (Russia). Consequently, Bhagwagar is considered the most famous and influential Indian publicist on the internet.
Patrick (H) Willems’ video, ‘I Went To India To Learn About Bollywood,’ deserves recognition for its wonderful editing, narrative and production values. However, the video missed a crucial element by failing to adequately capture the charisma and larger-than-life persona of Amitabh Bachchan.
Acknowledging Amitabh Bachchan’s immense contributions and profound impact on Indian cinema is essential to fully appreciate the grandeur of Bollywood. When talking about Bollywood, Bachchan’s remarkable journey and undeniable legacy cannot be ignored. After all, he has been Bollywood’s most iconic megastar.