In an expansive Bollywood career, which spans over four decades, Amitabh Bachchan has tried his hand at various kinds of cinema. So, what keeps him going even at 73? “There is nothing particular [that] I do... I guess the desire and need to keep working is prime. Having no work would be terrible,” says the veteran actor.
When it comes to the characters he plays, Big B’s repertoire is diverse. From taking up roles that feature him as an ‘angry young man’ in yesteryear films to playing a father to younger Bollywood stars, Bachchan has done it all. Ask him what he looks for in a script today, and he says, “I just need another job. That’s it. Obviously, you look for something that is commensurate with your age. You know that you can’t be playing the young hero anymore, and you have to be relegated to something smaller and something elderly, and you just try and do your best.”
Reminiscing about the films he did last year, Bachchan calls it “just another year”. “Ek aur saal beet gaya. Zinda hain, saans le rahe hain (Another year went past. I am alive, breathing),” he says.
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It’s believed that venturing into Bollywood today is easier in comparison to the time when Bachchan made his foray into films.
“That’s because the system is getting more professionalised, which is good. I think it works well for the industry. The issue of financing was always a problem earlier. You worked in several films, because the production was unable to have a start-to-finish kind of a schedule, due to lack of finances. So, when a producer exhausted his finances for a limited period of time, you sat around doing nothing. Hence, you would take up several films at the same time,” explains Bachchan.
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