It’s been 20 years since Amitabh Bachchan’s Sooryavansham released! As millennials who grew up on Indian Television channels like Set Max, Sooryavansham was an integral part of our childhood. Every weekend, multiple versions of Amitabh Bachchan would pop up on the screen as both the father and the son. That’s Sooryavansham for you! To be honest, I still don’t really know what the storyline is but I do remember Amitabh yelling, “Tum merey khoon ka badnuma qatra ho!”
Today, 20 years later, we have finally been blessed with an answer to why this movie is always on TV. Recently, Mr. Bachchan himself answered this billion dollar question with a re-tweet. Are you ready? Here you go:
There is huge misconception that #Sooryavansham is forced upon viewers by @SonyTV , though the fact is its consistent high ratings enabling the frequent telecast. Set Max(or Sony) should make it clear by issuing statement on its record breaking stint on TV since 20 years !! pic.twitter.com/FSuHvbBAul
— Yakuza (@yakuzazoomin) May 21, 2019
Big B shared this tweet on his profile with the caption, “Yes indeed.” The movie has over 93 million views on national television. In fact, it is actually quite profitable for channels to play it on repeat.
So, technically, it’s just our fault for loving this movie way too much!
Amitabh Bachchan will next be seen alongside Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt and Mouni Roy in Ayan Mukerji’s Brahmastra. While the official trailer of the film hasn’t been released yet, the Sooryavansham actor’s voice narrated the teaser which released in March. The film’s producer, Karan Johar, recently announced on Instagram that the release date of Brahmastra has been pushed to 2020. Earlier, it was said to release on 20th December 2019.
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