breeds refinery. And Amitabh Bachchan is showing it in the graceful
way he courting his age and the white in his bearded distinction.
The superstar pentagenarian's eyes haven't lost their intensity. The
self-assurance and poise are intact. But the superstar has lost some
weight. But it goes down well with his royal demeanour, as the
Emperor of Indian Cinema worldwide. Not to add, the King of the
small screen too now, with his super successful KBC. It's probably
the reason why he is. That is why he is the most famous Indian
alive. Grace personified. The legend is busy at the age when other
actors of his era and time have either retired or are lost in the
oblivion of a media eclipse. But the Big B seems to be forever
young, forever re-incarnated. This time, bigger than ever. The only
Indian star whose statue finds a place at the prestigious Madame
Tussaud's museum in London's Baker street. His humility doesn't
permit him to consider this as a personal achievement; he attributes
it more to a triumph and an achievement for Indian cinema, in all
his modesty. Over to the man himself. As he ponders over some of his
more recent moments.
|Filmfare Online: Year 2000 ended on a happy
note for. So many exciting things happened in your personal and
|Amitabh Bachchan: Yeah. I agree that last year proved
to be lucky year for my family and me. My show on T.V was
appreciated so were my films. At the same time my son Abhishek also
made his debut. It was quite an exciting year with plenty happening.
But I was always content with my life and career. I don't believe in
sitting and complaining about life. Ups and downs are god-given
things. One has to accept it as one accepts success. One cannot have
the best of things all the time. So you see I was always happy with
the way my career was moving on.|
|Filmfare Online: Today at your age you are
busier than any other actors around?|
|Amitabh Bachchan: Well. I can't say anything about other actors but I'm just
doing whatever I'm getting. At my age - and I'm close to 60 mind you
- I can't possibly expect filmmakers to come with leading
conventional roles to me. I can't ask for roles that young actors
like Aamir and Shah Rukh Khan are doing. But I'm glad that
filmmakers are coming with roles which are interesting and
challenging for my age. So I'm excited about all my forthcoming
|" 'KBC' was not popular and successful because of me.
It was the magic of the show itself. The format, set and music
was responsible for the
|Filmfare Online: How much credit do you give
it to KBC for giving a new lease to your career?|
|Amitabh Bachchan: I don't know but 'KBC' certainly happened at
the right time for me. At first I was a bit apprehensive about doing
the show. I didn't know how people were going to react. I must admit
that I was overwhelmed by the response the show has generated. It
just goes to show how strong television as a medium is getting to
|Filmfare Online: And in the process you made TV more
popular, watchable and exciting? |
|Amitabh Bachchan: TV has
always been popular. 'KBC' did not become popular and successful
because of me. It was the magic of the show itself. The format, the
set and the music were responsible for the success. Not to add, the
huge prize money being offered for the first time via a TV based
game show. And it aided your knowledge too. The show would have been
successful no matter who hosted it. It was a team effort rather than
one individual's effort.|
|Filmfare Online: : Now I think you are being
|Amitabh Bachchan: No.
I'm not. That's a fact. |
|"In my long career as an actor I was never confident at
any stage. I was always hesitant as to what will happen next
|Filmfare Online: How long are you going to host the
Bachchan: As of now a one or two-year
contract with the Star Plus binds me. And during this time I cannot
host any other game show on TV.
|Filmfare Online: Tell us about the film you are
doing with Jaya and Abhishek for Rakesh
Bachchan: It was Rakesh Mehra's idea to cast
the three of us in a film together. The script is ready and the
final negotiations are going on. Both Jaya and Abhishek should also
have the require dates to make the commitment. I'm looking forward
to working with my family.
|"I agree that Abhishek's films were not so successful
at the box office. So what, even my debut films were not
|Filmfare Online: Seems like you must trust Rakesh
Mehra a lot to give your nod on behalf of your
Bachchan: Yes, I do agree that I'm
comfortable working with Rakesh Mehra. I have been working with
Rakesh Mehra for quite some time now. He was involved with all my
BPL ads and also did my music video. I like his style of working He
has put in a lot of effort in 'Aks.' He always comes out with new
and innovative ideas.
|Filmfare Online: What's your role in
Bachchan: The film has a very different and
nice story. After a long time I'm getting a chance to play my age. I
play a cop. I'm afraid I can't reveal more that this as it will
hamper the story of the film. But it is an exciting new
|Filmfare Online: It seems you are playing a
negative role in 'All The Best' |
Bachchan: Yeah, I agree that the role has a
certain element of grey shades. But at the same time it is not a
villainous kind of role. My role has been properly justified about
why it turns negative in the film.
|"Lately I have been little concerned about my age. I am
58 now and I can't run around like I used to do in my younger
|Filmfare Online: Are more confident about your
career after the success of 'KBC' and films like
Bachchan:In my long career as an actor I was
never confident at any stage. I was always hesitant as to what would
happen next in my career. But I am on that show now and my films
have also been appreciated by the people. I am now more confident
about the whole thing.
|Filmfare Online: Do you agree that Abhishek went
through a lean period in his career last year?
Bachchan: Abhishek just started his career;
he has a long way to go. In his debut film he has shown his capacity
to perform. I agree that his films were not so successful at the box
office. So what? Even my debut films were not successful. But he was
appreciated in all his films, which is very important. Now he has
some great films coming up with director like Sooraj Barjatya. And I
am sure with time he will improve.
|Filmfare Online: Do you advise him on his career?
Bachchan: Not really. I give him the normal
advise what a father gives to his son. When I first saw him I tell
him where he needs to improve be it his hair or clothes. Sometimes I
found his movements were wrong to a certain extent. And I discussed
it with him. But he is an intelligent boy and quite capable of
making the right choices.
|Filmfare Online: Is it true that you are currently
concentrating on revitalizing 'ABCL'?|
Bachchan: Yeah, we are on the verge of
pulling out. There are lots of plans towards which we are working
out. Soon we get involved will number of projects. It looks good.
|Filmfare Online: You have worked hard around the
clock for as far back as one can remember. Hasn't the thought of
retiring and leading a peaceful life ever crossed your mind? Aren't
you tired of working non-stop? |
Bachchan: You mean to say that I am not
leading a peaceful life? Why should I retire when I enjoy my work?
But yes, lately I have been little concerned about my age. I am 58
now and I can't run around like I used to do in my younger days. As
age catches up one's physical capacity too keeps on decreasing with
it. And expectations go up. It's almost impossible to live up to
|Filmfare Online: You have often been accused of
speaking in monosyllables in your interviews?
Bachchan: That's not true. When a question
requires a lengthy answer I do give one. And more than that its up
to the respective journalist to extract what he wants from me.
|Filmfare Online: Which are your forthcoming films?
Bachchan: After 'Aks,' 'Ek Rishta' will
release. Then I have 'All The Best', 'Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham.'
Rakesh Mehra will make two films for my company AB Corp. With Aamir
Khan I have a film, which he signed five years ago. Mansoor Khan
will direct it. Quite a schedule.
|Filmfare Online: What about the film with Mahesh
Bachchan: He has narrated a couple of
subjects for Abhishek and me. But everything is in the initial
process. It's too premature to talk about it. But I would love to
work with him.
-- Gautam Buragohain