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By Subhash K. Jha
Mumbai, Dec 19 (IANS) The poignant story of 13-year-old Auro who suffers from progeria in "Paa" has touched many hearts and megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he never expected people to so "warmly embrace" his premature ageing character.
"No, I never ever imagined that Auro would be picked up, caressed and so warmly embraced. It is miraculous. A description of the reactions would be odious at this moment. I do have them all stored and shall be happy to share them with you at an opportune moment," Bachchan told IANS in an interview.
Made at a budget of about Rs.15 crore, the film by R.Balakrishnan not only got favourable reviews from critics but is also doing well at the box office. Amitabh, whose AB Corp Ltd produced the film, says the company has however no plans to make another film in the near future.
"At the moment we have not concretised any further project under our banner, but if we were to, we would keep you informed," he said.
The film stars Abhishek Bachchan and Vidya Balan as Amitabh's parents.
Excerpts from the interview to IANS:
Q: Auro has become a bigger star than Amitabh Bachchan?
A: Ha ha. There is genuine love being expressed towards him and several have unabashedly desired to take him home.
Q: Did you expect Auro to have such a far-reaching impact on the nation's psyche? What are some of the most memorable reactions you've had to Auro's character?
A: No, I never ever imagined that Auro would be picked up, caressed and so warmly embraced. It is miraculous. A description of the reactions would be odious at this moment. I do have them all stored and shall be happy to share them with you at an opportune moment.
Q: There's a feeling of dismay when Auro dies at the end of "Paa" because people want more of this metaphor of the life-force. How do you plan to take Auro forward?
A: Yes, people want more of Auro, but I think Balki (Balakrishnan) felt his presence was sufficiently enough. How he goes forward is for Balki to decide.
Q: You abhor even a false beard. How did you bear with such elaborate prosthetics day after day?
A: I bore it with great resolve and fortitude.
Q: So complete is your self-effacement in Auro's make-up that some people felt that's not you, but another actor doing Auro. How do you react to that?
A: I take that as my greatest compliment and a triumph for the team that worked on my make-up. Without them and their contribution Auro would have remained on the drawing board.
Q: The surprises from your repertoire continue to spill out year after year. Auro, you'll agree, is a very hard act to follow. What will you do now to satiate your expectant fans?
A: I shall continue to work to my best. Satiation is most subjective. I do not work with the consideration of those elements in mind. My fans understand that better than anyone else. Even me.
Q: "Paa" marks the renewal of AB Corp Ltd's production output. What are the other films that ABCL plans to produce?
A: Please do not keep up this undesired exclamation of the 'renewal' of the company. We were always there and functioning. May be you did not follow its activities. Or perhaps there was not much desire in you to do so. At the moment we have not concretised any further project under our banner, but if we were to, we would keep you informed.
Q: As an actor you seem to have reached an unprecedented zenith of self-expression. What is that one role you would still like to play?
A: I have no idea what it would be...all I know is that were someone to come up with a thought, I would most certainly want to give it a try. I do hope that there are directors there who will dream up exciting work for me. If they do I shall be more than willing to work along with them.
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|Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan arrives at the opening of the 6th Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in Dubai.|
|Amitabh Bachchan (R) receives a lifetime achievement award from Sheikh Majed, the son of the Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, during the opening ceremony of the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in Dubai|
Thursday, December 10, 2009
|Asian Film Foundation felicitates bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan with the the Asian Film Culture Award at Fun Republic at Andheri in Mumbai .|
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Amitabh was at Satyam cinema where he was honoured by the film federations of Chennai. Extreme exhaustion caught up with the 67-year-old veteran when he fell asleep before the ceremony Saturday and woke up thoroughly disoriented, not knowing where he was.
Director Balki who was with the Big B, says: "He was fine. He finally had some sleep. You've to understand that this is no ordinary human being. Amitji is a miracle. He can continue working non-stop without sleep."
At the end of the evening, the Big B had 24 shawls to bring back - though he had gone with only a day's baggage. When asked what he would do with the massive haul of 24 shawls, the Big B replied: "I'll give them away to the needy."
But the shawls were the least of his burdens in Chennai.
Says Balki: "Last week, he was running around getting the ('Paa') premiere in place. Then on Friday morning, he left to shoot for 'Bigg Boss' without any sleep after the premiere. After shooting the entire day in Lonavala, he attended the Bombay Times party and then on Saturday early morning he left for Chennai. At an age when a lot of us will be in a rocking chair he is still rocking."
But those close to Amitabh feel he is again overdoing his work schedule and needs to slow down.
Says a person close to him: "Even after two major health scares recently, Amitji has refused to slacken his pace. Except for the break he took to be with Amar Singh in Singapore earlier this year, he has been working round the clock."
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Friday, November 27, 2009
By Radhika Bhirani
New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) Amitabh Bachchan says "Paa" was crucial for his production company AB Corp and says son Abhishek has done a remarkable job as a producer by wrapping up the film within a Rs.15 crore (Rs.150 million) budget.
"Any film that a producer makes is crucial for him financially. And we completely recognise that. We can only hope that 'Paa' does well. This time Abhishek has managed all the production hassles and I am glad he has done it with a high level of maturity," Amitabh told IANS in an interview on phone from Mumbai.
"We had set out to make the film within an estimated budget of Rs.15 crore and Abhishek managed it in Rs.14.75 crore. This, in times when movie budgets are soaring to Rs.50 crore.
"I think he has done a remarkable job. I give huge credit to him for making the film without compromising on the quality or the shooting locations. God willing, it will pay off well," he said.
The real life father-son duo star in reverse roles in the film.
Amitabh says he was "quite well-behaved and obedient" on the sets unlike the "troublesome child" he was called by Abhishek who plays his father.
"Abhishek must have been fooling around when he said I was a troublesome kid. In fact, I was quite a well-behaved and obedient child (on the sets). I followed all instructions of the script and did as much mischief as the script and director Balki required from me. It was all in good fun," Amitabh said.
In "Paa", Amitabh will be seen as Auro, a 13-year-old suffering from progeria, a rare condition which causes premature ageing among children. While Abhishek plays his dad, Vidya Balan essays the role of his mother.
Amitabh, 67, had to wear over eight pieces of specially crafted clay pieces designed by international make-up artist Stephan Dupuis for his role and says he was pampered well during the entire process.
"I was quite pampered on the sets. Actually they (unit members) were more worried about the makeup as it was very tedious. I used to have a lot of problem in breathing, eating and used to feel itchy - but everyone was extremely courteous.
"I couldn't eat properly, couldn't speak and liquid supplies were given to me using straws. Everyone was quite nice to me and pampered me," he said.
But isn't he pampered much at home as well?
"Well! Of course, I am. But for 'Paa', I was really pampered like a kid," he quipped.
Asked about the experience of playing his son's son in the film, Amitabh said: "It was fine. It wasn't tough. Actually, once you decide that this is a role you have to play in a film, the father-son relationship takes a backseat.
"We just played our parts. For an actor, I think it's all about catching the right attitude of his character and that's what we have both tried to do."
Amitabh is all praise for Abhishek's acting skills.
"I think Abhishek is maturing with each film. He really suited the role he has played in 'Paa' and I must say he has done a marvellous job."
Amitabh is being lauded by film critics and industry members for his portrayal of Auro. Many have called it "awesome", "amazing" and his "best performance till date". But Amitabh said humbly: "I'd rather wait for public opinion."
After "Paa", which is releasing Dec 4, Amitabh will be seen in Ram Gopal Varma's "Rann" and Leena Yadav's "Teen Patti".
As of now, he can be seen as a host on reality show "Bigg Boss 3", which airs on the channel Colors.