Amitabh Bachchan turns 74 on Tuesday (October 11), and the veteran actor’s energy is unrelenting. His last film Pink made the nation sit up and take notice of the issues women in the country face on a daily basis. Last week, he participated in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, and is also to preparing for the shoot of Ram Gopal Varma’s next movie.
Here, Bachchan talks about his low-key birthday celebrations and why he doesn’t want a biopic on his life.
How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
Quietly, with my family.
Which was the last big celebration that you had for your birthday?
My 70th. It was designed, executed and conducted by Jaya (Bachchan; wife). She felt it needed to be done, so we went ahead with it. My only contribution to the evening was my physical presence.
Of late, we have seen many biopics being made in Hindi cinema. Would you like a biopic on your life?
No. That would be a disaster.
When you look back on your life, is there a moment that you cherish the most?
No. I cherish today; this moment. Yesterday is gone and over, today is yet to be completed, and tomorrow holds hope.
Academy award-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty is happy you liked the script of his first directorial venture. What do you look for in a project with first-time directors?
We (Resul and Bachchan) have had several meetings, but there is no finality about the project so far. First-time directors are passionate and keen. When given a chance, they are determined to prove a point. They are much like first-time actors; they possess similar attributes.
T 2402 -"The value of being connected isn’t in being networked. It’s having an opinion and taking action (cont) https://t.co/cFjBcFyRjc— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 7, 2016
You have mentioned how critical you are of your work. When was the last time you were happy with your performance in a film?
While Abhishek (son) and you are active on social media, your daughter-in-law, Aishwarya chooses to stay away from it. At a recent event, she had said, “We are so busy on our phones that we don’t have the time to look at another person and talk.” Do you think smartphones are making us isolated?
On the contrary, I think smartphones have been singularly responsible for a massive surge in connectivity – not just technically, but emotionally and physically too. One may refer to it as a ‘virtual’ world, but that does not diminish its worth. Indeed, the virtual has been replaced by the real, and no one is objecting to it. I am not, at least.
T 2402 - The GQ mag is out on the stands .. !! I do not know what to say here, except "what the heck am I doing on the COVER" pic.twitter.com/DFgSIpUWCm— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 7, 2016
Reportedly, you will be back on the small screen with the next season of the quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). Having been part of the show for many years, what excites you about it?
‘Reportedly’ is the right word, for, I am still unaware of any such decision. But yes, KBC is a valuable product. It brings knowledge, talent and spirit to the game per se. It has the ability to entirely change an individual’s life. That is most rewarding for me, as an anchor of the show.
Everyone in the industry has time and again expressed their desire to work with you. Who would you like to work with?
I wish to work with all the fresh new talent, who I am in great admiration of, in order for me to learn from them.
While the industry has changed a lot over the last few decades, senior actresses still don’t get prominent roles in films. Why is that?
Ask this to the writers and the makers. I would welcome all such efforts.
T 2403 - In conversation with Ranbir for India Today .. an enchanting evening ! pic.twitter.com/rzjE63oxCy— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) October 8, 2016