Amitabh Bachchan doesn’t consider himself in same race as young actors

Published: March 20, 2014

Indian Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan attends the Prime Focus 16th anniversary and technology hub launch event in Mumbai on October 24, 2013. AFP PHOTO/STRSTRDEL/AFP/Getty Images

UMA RAMASUBRAMANIAN
IANS

Mumbai  – His talent and successes have won him the title of megastar, but Amitabh Bachchan – who’s on every director’s wish list – is in awe of fresh talent and says he’s not in the same race as them.

Even at 71, Big B still commands lead roles, a rarity in the Hindi film industry. Currently, the National Award-winning  actor awaits the release of Bhoothnath Returns.

In an e-mail interview with IANS, Amitabh talked about Bhoothnath Returns, Bollywood’s fresh blood, his health and his thoughts on the epithets that regularly come his way.

Excerpts from the interview:

Q. The most difficult thing is to connect with the kids through films. How does it feel to connect with children through films like Bhootnath Returns?

A. Bhoothnath is a loveable character. I presume kids love to connect with him. We hope they shall do that in Bhoothnath Returns.

Q. You share a great relationship with your grandchildren. What have you learned from them?

A. “That child is the Father of Man!”

Q. Bhootnath Returns is releasing during the general elections. Do you feel this may affect the film any way?

A. I wish and hope not. The production and the direction would rather hope the opposite happens…the film opens before the election process takes place.

Q. Filmmaking has changed over the years. What do you think of the changes?

A. Yes, when times change, a lot changes with it…Thinking, concept, storytelling, music…everything. There have been great advances in technology and in the professionalism aspect. That bodes well for the film industry.

Q. Being a superstar, a megastar, how difficult is it for you to lead a normal life?

A. I am none of what you mention. These are epithets that are media creations. I am a normal person and lead a normal life.

Q. What keeps you going as an actor?

A. The challenge of another creative experience.

Q. After giving over 45 years of your life to filmdom, do you agree that you’re still a leading actor giving competition to the new breed of actors?

A. Most certainly not! I am not a patch in front of them.

Q. You are a star, husband, father, grandfather…which is the most difficult position to handle and why?

A. These are all the most welcome positions in life, barring the star bit. I am blessed to be a husband, father and grandfather. It does not happen often?

Q. After achieving so much in your life, what is that one fear which is always in your mind?

A. I have not achieved anything. Your gracious words are humbling to me. The fear always is of not being able to live up to the expectations of the audiences.

Q. You have seen several ups and downs in your career. How do you deal with tough situations in life?

A. Ups and downs are the constants in life. No life on earth can avoid them. They cannot be categorized. Life is a daily struggle; you learn to deal with it. There are no definite solutions.

Q. One hears that you have taken a break from your work. How is your health?

A. I have taken no break. And my health is fine.

uma.sagit@gmail.com

IANS 2014-03-21 11:56:20

[+]

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,



Readers Comments (0)

Comments are closed.

Featured

Longtime Surrey politician and former mayor Bob Bose is pictured here near his south Surrey home on Monday, November 21, 2011. Jenelle Schneider/PNG

Former Surrey mayor Bob Bose backs Barinder Rasode, says no Surrey Matters slate coming

AMY REID SURREY NOW SURREY — Though Coun. Barinder Rasode has yet to officially announce her intentions to run for the city’s top job, she’s…
Continue Reading »

A Pakistani-Canadian blogger has released Pakistan's first-ever anti-homophobia children's book. Submitted photo/Nicemangos.blogspot.ca.

Toronto-based blogger releases Pakistan’s first anti-homophobia children’s book

VANCOUVER DESI A Toronto-based Pakistani blogger has written and released Pakistan’s first-ever anti-homophobia children’s book. Blogger Eiynah, known for her site Nice Mangos where she…
Continue Reading »

paintball

Photos: In country long awash with weapons of war, paintball takes hold in Afghanistan with splat

REBECCA SANTANA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KABUL, Afghanistan — The hidden gunman, dressed in long green coveralls and a SWAT-team-style vest and helmet, looks ominous as…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

Longtime Surrey politician and former mayor Bob Bose is pictured here near his south Surrey home on Monday, November 21, 2011. Jenelle Schneider/PNG

Former Surrey mayor Bob Bose backs Barinder Rasode, says no Surrey Matters slate coming

AMY REID SURREY NOW SURREY — Though Coun. Barinder Rasode has yet to officially announce her intentions to run for the city’s top job, she’s…
Continue Reading »

A Pakistani-Canadian blogger has released Pakistan's first-ever anti-homophobia children's book. Submitted photo/Nicemangos.blogspot.ca.

Toronto-based blogger releases Pakistan’s first anti-homophobia children’s book

VANCOUVER DESI A Toronto-based Pakistani blogger has written and released Pakistan’s first-ever anti-homophobia children’s book. Blogger Eiynah, known for her site Nice Mangos where she…
Continue Reading »

A tour bus has crashed on the Coquihalla Highway near Merritt. There are many injuries and at least six passengers are in critical condition.Adam Hopewell /Courtesy Global B.C.

RCMP say speed not a factor in Coquihalla tour bus crash that injured nearly 60

STEPHANIE IP VANCOUVER DESI Mounties say a dashboard camera from a tractor-trailer captured a tour bus rollover that injured all 56 passengers in a tour…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Rice Bucket India poverty

India’s Rice Bucket Challenge gives a ‘meaningful twist’ to ALS ice bucket challenge

VANCOUVER DESI India has created its own “desi” version of the ALS ice bucket challenge that has swept the globe. While the original icy cold…
Continue Reading »

India

Man proudly wears world’s largest turban weighing in at 100 pounds and 645 metres long unwrapped

VANCOUVER DESI A 60-year-old devout Sikh in northern India appears to be the proud owner of the world’s largest turban – weighing in at 100…
Continue Reading »

Elephant headed god

Gallery: India prepares to welcome elephant-headed Lord Ganesha

VANCOUVER DESI Preparations for Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival marking the birth of the elephant-headed god, have taken off in India as Hindus prepare to welcome…
Continue Reading »

Witches Burned Victim Alive In Front Of Family

Witches burn Indian dad alive in a bizarre ritual in front of his wife and 10-year-old son

CEN AGENCY Witches who burned a man alive after chopping off his arms in a bizarre ritual have been seized by police in central India….
Continue Reading »

India-Khatav-Akola,Maharashtra

Baby born with two faces in India fighting for life (Warning: Graphic content)

VANCOUVER DESI A baby born with two faces and four eyes is fighting for her life at a hospital in western India, according to Ruptly….
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Newly-elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament and Indian Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal arrives in Parliament in New Delhi on May 20, 2014. India's Narendra Modi is expected to formally declare his intention to form the next government May 20, days after his Hindu nationalist party won the first parliamentary majority in three decades. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images

No one else can play the role: Paresh Rawal on Modi biopic

IANS Mumbai  – Versatile actor Paresh Rawal, who will soon start shooting for a biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, says he is the right…
Continue Reading »

hot photos desi actress bollywood sex

Gallery: Deepika Padukone photo shoot

VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone, who is creating a lot of buzz with her upcoming film Finding Fanny, poses for the camera. Related Stories:…
Continue Reading »

Bollywood desi boobs sex

Bollywood’s bold babe Sherlyn Chopra strips for Playboy

VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra marks the first-ever Indian model to pose for Playboy magazine, according to eonline.com. While the 30-year-old announced she’d be…
Continue Reading »