MUMBAI—If you walk down Pereira Road in Mumbai’s suburb of Bandra, you will see Amitabh Bachchan’s mural that has been dominating the street for many years. Now, the city is gearing up for another larger-than-life artwork on Bachchan. A 230- foot-tall mural of his iconic look from “Deewaar” (1975) is being created on the wall of Durga Society near Kadeshwari Mandir Baug in Bandra (West).
Abhishek Kumar Singh, the curator of the project, says it is his “tribute to Bachchan on his 75th birthday.” About the artwork that has been titled Bachchan Bemisal Pure 75 Saal, he says, “The building was singled out for the project because of its height. The total surface area of the painting is 8,000 square feet.”
Before they began work October 6, artist Ranjit Dahiya and Abhishek Singh spent considerable time zeroing in on the image that they would recreate for the city at large to see. The Bachchan buffs finally chose the pose from the Yash Chopra-directed movie as they felt no other film did justice to his “Angry Young Man” image as the blockbuster did.
The artwork is likely to find a place in the record books as the country’s tallest mural. Dahiya explains, “Mahatma Gandhi’s mural in New Delhi currently stands tallest at 158 feet. The third tallest mural is that of Dadasaheb Phalke at the MTNL building in Bandra Reclamation, which was done by us in 2014. That is 125-foot tall. This one is taller than both.” It is expected to be completed by October 15.