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Amitabh Bachchan is the superstar we all knew and he will remain one,thanks to his lifeline Kaun Banega Crorepati. KBC has pumped in enough adrenaline into Bachchan now. So much so that the man is ready to take on the world now.

Yet he remains humble when needed.

Bachchan was shooting for the film All The Best produced by Gaurang Doshi and directed by Vipul Shah.

The man was totally at ease shooting at a heavily crowded location like Mahalakshmi Station on the Western Railway. His timing, his sense of the shot was just too perfect, much better than the trains on the railway. Imagine all the scenes that Bachchan shot for during the day were canned on the first take. Making the director's job easier was Paresh Rawal being the co-star. The shots were canned with ease, making up for the inordinate delay resulting due to the late arrival of the raw stock.

Bachchan spoke to the entire press at one go, facing ten TV cameras, and fifteen journalists. It was like the good old days all over again.

Bytes from the interview:

You are now a superstar and much more how does it feel?
I have been lucky that people have liked me in certain roles Even Kaun Banega Crorepati has done well.

Why are you working with a new director?
The director Vipul Shah is good. I liked the script too. He is very good in the executing shots. He is pretty fast.

You are back to playing leading roles again which suit your age?

I have been lucky that I am getting a leading role in this film All the Best, because it has been written with a character like me ion mind. Otherwise I am not playing much leading roles.

How would you classify your roles now?
See, in this film I am now playing a bank manager. It is said to be a negative role. Let me explain. I am a very strict disciplinarian and cannot tolerate indiscipline. I lose my temper often as I am shot tempered. During one such occasion when I see one of my co-workers cheating a customer, I lose my cool and get violent. I am sacked. I want to take revenge and the easiest way that comes to my mind is to rob the bank. I cannot do it alone myself. So I devise a plan and use a few people to achieve my motive.

What about Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham? You are playing your age there?

I am but there are other people there, Very talented people like Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Kajol and Kareena Kapoor. They are the youth. They are exciting. People get excited watching youthfulness. Similarly, I am not doing any song and dance even in All The Best. The Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham role and the one in Ek Rishta too are like the Mohabbatein kind of roles.

Ok, now you travelled by train in this film. How does it feel to be back in the local train?
I have been used to suburban train travel before I started acting in films. I came here to act and often travelled from Churchgate Station. I have used the Western railway often as much as I used to travel from VT too.

You never travelled by local train after getting into acting?
I did a scene for Saat Hindustani in the train. Then there was the famous scene from Shakti inside the train and this is the third time now.

What are the changes you have observed?
The crowds are much more.

How was the crowded experience?
I have not experienced it as my train in one, which has been specially arranged (Bachchan was shooting with 300 junior artistes).

How is KBC doing?
Very well

Are you happy being an actor or an anchor?

Actually, a little bit of both.

Disclaim

 

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