Satyagraha has brought change, says Amitabh Bachchan

  • Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Jul 25, 2013 10:20 IST
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In his upcoming film directed by Prakash Jha, Amitabh Bachchan plays a character that is apparently inspired by Anna Hazare. Bring up the topic in his presence and the actor immediately refuses to express his personal views on the social activist or his agenda. 

However, he does say, “Any kind of effort that is made can never go waste; somewhere it leaves an impression.” The veteran star goes on to add, “I’m sure that there are people that would want that they should have a peaceful way of expressing themselves. And many things have moved… in the case of (the Delhi rape victim), for example, where they brought in a law, a very strong law… so you can’t say that nothing has happened as a result of satyagraha (non-violence). (sic)”   

Satyagraha is a story between a father and a son
Like most of director Prakash Jha’s films, his next, titled Satyagraha, is also a political drama. But Amitabh Bachchan says the movie is about a lot more than just that.

“(It is) basically a story between a father and a son — a father who has lost his son, and a son who is in search of a father. The character that I play is very moralistic… very peaceful. He wants whatever he wants to achieve in a peaceful manner. He propagates that if you want something, if you are dissatisfied with something, then the order of the day is to do something peacefully,” says Bachchan.

The 70-year-old actor has experimented with a variety of characters and films over the decades his career has spanned. Ask him if there is any one role that he looks forward to still doing, and he smiles, “I don’t know. This is a challenge that has to come to me from some directors. I can’t think for myself. Yes, if they have something in mind, they can design it for me and if I like what they are doing, I will look upon it.”

 

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