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Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi unveil book on Khwaja Ahmad Abbas

New delhi,November 7: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and veteran actress Shabana Azmi today unveiled a book on author-journalist-filmmaker Khwaja Ahmad Abbas here. 

Amitabh Bachchan, made his Bollywood debut on November 7, 1969, in the film "Saat Hindustani" directed by Abbas.

"It's been 46 year now… Abbas sahab was a man who thought differently. He was one of those who did what they thought. He chose seven actors from across the country for the film and gave each of them a role that they didn’t belong to.

"I played a Muslim, Anwar Ali played a Hindu, Malayalee actor Madhu played a north Indian. And that was his beauty," Bachchan said during the event. 

The book, "Bread Beauty Revolution-Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, 1914-1987", chronicles the life and times of the celebrated filmmaker. It is edited by Iffat Fatima and Syeeda Saiyidain Hameed. 

Shabana Azmi, who read an extract from the book, reminisced that she called him "Abbas Chachu". 

Abbas, who died in 1987, is known for "Pardesi", "Sher aur Sapna" and "Do Boond Paani" apart from "Saat Hindustani" for which he got a national award.

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