Tuesday, an old black and white video of actor Amitabh Bachchan reciting Agneepath to his poet father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, has gone viral on social media.
The undated video shows veteran Bollywood actor sitting next to his father on a couch. The father-son duo is also joined by two other people in the frame, one of whom appears to be Teji Bachchan, Amitabh’s mother.
In the short clip, Amitabh addresses his father in Hindi, “Aap hi ki ek kavita hai, jis se prabhavit hua hu mai, vo sunhana chata hu aaphi ko” (There is a poem written by you that inspired me enormously. I want to recite it to you).
Harivansh Rai Bachhan then recount his son for to go forward with the recitation. Amitabh, known for his deep baritone and percussive recitations, so begins to recite the three paragraphs of Agneepath. Later in the video, wool Bachhan also recites the final paragraph of the poem.
It’s gold. Bachchan reciting Agneepath for Harivansh Rai Bachchan❤️ pic.twitter.com/DBsjQdywb5
— Love of cinema (@loveofcinemasf8) April 19, 2022
Commenting on the video, a Twitter user wrote: “Indeed gold! Platinum! A gem to treasure! Moments like these with our parents are all so special! @SrBachchan
Shri HRB once said that AB was her most famous kavita. This clip is precious.
— Siddhartha Gigoo (@siddharthagigoo) April 19, 2022
I remember buying a LP in the 80s called ‘Bachchan Recites Bachchan’. What a treasure it was.
— Pradeep Hardikar (@PradeepHardikar) April 19, 2022
Gold indeed! Platinum! A gem to treasure! Moments like these with our parents are all so special!@SrBachchan https://t.co/CKic1lD0kL
— shubhi jha (@shubhijha) April 19, 2022
Thank you very much for sharing a rare pearl!
— dheeraj mohan (@dheeraj9mohan) April 19, 2022
Man this gives me goosebumps
— Avneesh Prashar 🇮🇳 (@aprashar08) April 19, 2022
Kabhi kabhi Twitter pe Goldmine mil jata hai.
My favorite Bachchan – Harivansh Rai Bachchan.
I even hope @SrBachchan will agree. No one can top him. https://t.co/X9sMIp3KG9
— !ns0mn!@c n0m@d (@insomniacnomad) April 20, 2022
साहित्य, संवाद और प्रस्तुति एक अद्भुत अद्भुत मिसाल अनुभूति 🙏⚘ 🙏⚘ https://t.co/uq63siwnln
— Ruchi (@RuShuVi) April 20, 2022
Agneepath is one of Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s most famous poems. It gained popularity after being used in the Amitabh starred with the same name in 1990. Later, it was used in the film remake in 2012. Over the years, the poem has become a classic for its powerful and inspiring message of determination and resilience.