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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."