Wednesday, December 1, 2010

BigB bars Abhishek Bachchan from KBC

Big B bars Abhishek from KBC
New Delhi Mumbai, December 01, 2010
After Aishwarya Rai, it's Abhishek Bachchan who has stayed away from Sony TV's reality show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), which is hosted by his father Amitabh Bachchan. This week director Ashutosh Gowariker and his leading lady Deepika Padukone of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey recorded an episode ofKBC, but Abhishek opted out.

It is Big B who has thwarted the plans of getting his family on the show by throwing the rule-book at the channel.

"As per the rules and regulations of the company that owns the original rights of KBC, relatives of the anchor are not permitted to participate in the show. There's a signed contract in this regard," said Amitabh.

In fact, the channel's plans to bring the entire Bachchan family for the grand finale on Dec 9 also have fallen through. They finally had to make the final episode a Sholay special, featuring Dharmendra.

Says Sony Entertainment's CEO Ajit Thakur: "We were indeed in advanced talks with the Bachchan family to come on the show. However, it finally didn't work out. Even Abhishek is missing in the episode featuring his colleagues for the promotion of their film."

However, the channel's personnel argue that the contract rules don't apply to special episodes of KBC.

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Mahi

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Prateeksha , Mumbai Nov 30 , 2010 Tue 11 : 21 PM

Greetings and gracious thank you’s for the kind words on the pictures - in particular those of Shweta ! Nothing could give greater joy to any Father than to receive such words of praise for their progeny ! Pride in our children is one of the greatest blessings that can ever be bestowed upon us and no matter how much we may disagree with them, in the end it is always they that shall bear the symbol of our love and affection !

A disposition during the day made me cancel a few appointments and I do sincerely regret that. Sometimes it does become unavoidable. At this age things begin to pack up rather rapidly and without warning most of the time. Nothing alarming though, at least not for now, but yes, reason enough to be a little cautious.

So much happens around us throughout the day and so much is the desire to put it all down with our opinion and reflection. But prudence prevents. It should not, if this medium is us talking aloud to ourselves. Unfortunately though, our own personal whisper becomes an issue for debate and discussion and before long, publicized through bigger and greater mediums, becomes valuable news, worthy of being carried prominently through larger outlets.

The strength and the power of the media is an uncontrollable force which when unleashed changes fortunes, governments, individuals and thereby history. There is much debate in the media today of both print and the electronic, on what the functions of this potent force should be. Many insights have been gained and expressed and many will continue to be expressed. So be it. But how does the common man benefit or derive benefit from such incidents is what shall eventually matter.

Everyday we read and watch how the irrepressible media shall bring out the culprits on to their pages of prominence. Give them a place where they are placed strategically so they get noticed. Their fate being decided first by the Fourth Estate before other agencies take over. How marvelous for the media to have achieved that and to have achieved that in record time as far as particular incidents are concerned. They have the ultimate right of questioning the integrity of an individual. They instigate law and prosecution. They will pass judgement and it shall stay. Stay till eternity. For, once out in their columns or in print, once out in their mediums of the electronic, it shall become the gospel truth, there to remain till ‘thy Kingdom come’ !

There are many among us that shall endorse what they have just read, and there shall be many who will not. What matters really at the end of the day is the capacity to say that ~ ‘jo kiya kaha maana usmay kya bura bhala !’ - what was done said and believed in, what was it in that, that could have been correct or good !

For mankind and womankind this shall be the final judgement, the final call. And it shall remain to be seen who or what follows this belief.

I am still in the throes of KBC and watching what has been recorded every evening with the family brings us a bit closer. Our routines though have been the bane of our existence and it is regretful that this particular issue is attempted everyday to be resolved, but unfortunately has never had occasion to. KBC hopefully will be doing just that I hope …

The time spent in the open sun has been the most rewarding event in our lives. Or so I would like to believe. I have been indulging in that for the past few days and it has been very invigorating. More days should follow, if that is any criteria for fitness and well being ! My gym trainer also gets me to meditate in reference to the sun and I comply. One does not wish to be aloof on such issues. Who know’s …?

Mahesh Manjrekar that consumate artist and director, who directed me in our home production “Virudh”, had a few shots to take for his unique theatre experience and I complied. He is also forming part of the group called MIFTA … a group of people that shall promote and encourage Marathi Cinema overseas. Next step shall be soon and shortly, of which you shall be hearing, later. But for the moment they inform me that they have a tie up with Dubai for a program and I have given my consent to it. Apart from honoring our presence there, they also wish to honor our film ‘Vihir’ which is in competition. Incidentally, those that did not know, ‘Vihir’ has won almost all the platitudes in all the prominent film festival fraternities of the world. The most recent region being the New York Film Festival, where it was given recognition and award.

So to many more such occasions …

I remain as always ..

Amitabh Bachchan

Koffee with Karan with my daughter Shweta igB Blogs News

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Prateeksha , Mumbai Nov 29 , 2010 Mon 11 : 14 PM

Shweta left this morning for Delhi. Back to her home her husband and her children. I went along with her to see her off at the airport, just as I had gone to fetch her when she had come in the day before. Its sad to see them leave - children ! Having Shweta home is like a breath of fresh vibrant air, warm, strong and full of life. The entire house comes alive with her laughter and imitations and stories of general interest. Her meetings with her friends, her escapades and her daily inputs on health and care for the body - she has so many of them !

Agastya has been ill in school and the teacher has asked the house to get him home. His sister has gone in a hurry to get him back and after doing so feels he may have been shamming his illness to get a day off, but he is certain he is truly unwell. On the way to the airport he has messaged his Mother on his condition and she has broken into uncontrollable laughter. On asking what could be the reason for her mirth when the situation could be grim, she pushes her BB across to me. Agastya in his defense has written : “I have a stomach problem - I have loose motations” !

“Motations ?”, his Mother BB’s back.

“Yes. Motations !” he insists.

She corrects him and says it should be ‘motions’.

But he insists its ‘motations’ and would explain what it was when she gets in.

I have not heard from them the entire day since Shweta caught the flight, so I guess they have resolved the issue or the ‘motations’ !! ha ha ha

Children ! Such a joy to see them grow and flourish and become men and women of the world. The bearers of the legacy of any family. The future generation. The ones that shall carry forward the responsibilities thrust upon them. That shall bear burden of performance character and deed as they face the days and years to come, with certain aplomb.

I wonder at times whether we thrust too much on delicate shoulders. I wonder whether they shall have the capacity to take the ship forward, to sail in it and conquer the waves and the storms that they shall inevitably encounter. And each time such thoughts cross my mind I find myself protective and encouraged to safe guard them, my progeny. I believe that this is a world wide phenomena, that we must accept and be prepared for from the day we decide to have a family. We are responsible for bringing them into this universe and then suddenly we find them disinterested in what we believe to be good for them. We say at times that they are not living up to our expectations, that they are incapable of taking or carrying forward the tradition and standing of the family.

And then suddenly one morning they surprise us by doing something that takes them beyond everything that we had ever hoped for. Suddenly from being incapable they become capable. From nobody’s to somebody !

I feel we think less of them at times. I think they all have a sense of responsibility and that given a situation in life will come out victorious and grand. I think it is our nature to protect them and keep them away from strife and struggle. But if they did not strive and if they did not struggle, how would they learn and flourish. The blows of despair that life beckons them with, would be ineffective if their protection were to exceed a certain norm. I believe that if our upbringing has been strong and principled and that a certain level of discipline has been maintained, then it would really take a lot to see them going wrong in life.

Jaya and I pride ourselves in this fact at least, that our children have had nothing quite as special as is expected from us. We have been normal because we are normal. There have been, yes, moments when their exuberance and youth oriented attitude has been a bone of contention. But I feel they need that and are deserving of it. If not now then when will they ever get an opportunity. They must be learners soon and that can only happen when they shall make mistakes and errors.

Independence is wonderful. Large heartedness and a liberal attitude towards their parentage is valuable and good and most creditable. But they must have the opportunity to assess when that line of control shall be crossed or not. I would like to understand and believe that children are the most intelligent when in their early years and it is then that the seeds of what protocol needs to be observed are sown or should be sown. Early impressions remain imbedded for a life. So be early, inculcate and have that faith and trust that it shall all work out fine someday.

I hope and pray that most of us that are either parents or children shall bear witness to this. That they shall give their progeny the right opportunities and the correct attitude. That is all that is required. Thereafter it is trust all the way ! Trust and the hope that it shall be adhered to.

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On Koffee with Karan with my daughter Shweta - she won most of the hampers that were quizzed for.

Love to all ~

Amitabh Bachchan

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Big B bars family from appearing on KBC

Big B bars family from appearing on KBC
By Subhash K. Jha, December 1, 2010 - 10:26 IST
Amitabh BachchanAfter Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, it's Abhishek Bachchan, who has stayed away from Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC), hosted by his father Amitabh Bachchan.

This week, the director Ashutosh Gowariker and his leading lady Deepika Padukone of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey recorded an episode of KBC. Abhishek opted out, although this is a crucial release for him. 

Apparently, there was much behind-the-scenes maneuvering to convince Abhishek to occupy the hot seat in front of his iconic dad-host. Abhishek refused to budge. 

Says a source, "Both the channel personnel and the crew of Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey felt getting Abhishek and his dad on the same platform would be great publicity for Abhishek's film. Abhishek wouldn't relent. They finally went on the show without him." 

In fact, the channel's plans to bring the entire Bachchan parivar for the grand finale on December 9 has also fallen through. According to sources, the Big B thwarted the plans of getting his family on the show by throwing the rule-book at the channel. They finally had to make the finale a Sholay special featuring the Big B with Dharmendra. 

Says Sony Entertainment's CEO Ajit Thakur, "We were indeed in advanced talks with the Bachchan family to come on the show. However, it finally didn't work out. Even Abhishek is missing in the episode featuring his colleagues for the promotion of their film." 

Argues Big B, "As per the rules and regulations of the company that owns the original rights of KBC, relatives of the anchor are not permitted to participate in the show. There's a signed contract in this regard." 

However, the channel's personnel argue that the contract rules don't apply to special episodes of KBC. 

Says the source, "We were very keen to have the family on the show. But the Bachchans don't want anyone to say they're using the show to promote their family."

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Mahi

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