Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan has admitted that a lot people call him ‘fake modest’.
“As an actor, I have been in this line for 45 years. Most of them (actors in ‘Pink’) are new faces in this film and you have not seen them before. But once you see the film, you will not see me you will only see them,” the 73-year-old said at the film’s trailer launch.
“It’s exceptional work that they have done, and I say this from the bottom of my heart. I am not being modest. I know a lot of people call me a false modest person, but this is the honest truth,” he added.
“I haven’t been inside a court room here (in India). I hope I never have to go to court. During the allegations of Bofors case, I did enter a court room in London to defend myself. And that’s the only time I saw a court,” Bachchan said.
The 73-year-old megastar, who is sporting grey hair and beard, said, “I went by the research done by my writer and director. We had a recognised lawyer on sets to guide us, the way we spoke and all. We have tried to recreate court room scenes in the most natural way and it adds to the temperament of the film. I follow instructions of Shoojit (Sircar) when it comes to my look. My character is sad and disheartened in life. He stays opposite these three girls who face problem and sees what they are going through. He decides to do something.”
The Piku star mouths some hard-hitting lines in the trailer, but Bachchan said he had no qualms in doing those scenes as they were important for the movie. “If the lines are going to be supportive of the legal argument or track in the film, I felt it is important to say. It was justified to say it. It’s harsh, confrontational and embarrassing as those standing in witness box are not going to accept anything readily. It’s the language that the lawyer takes to justify the event that has taken place in the film. It is harsh but true.”
According to Bachchan, the colour pink signifies women empowerment. “The film is about women and their strength so we have kept the title ‘Pink’. Women should stand up for their rights. The film is about women,” he said.
The movie, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary, also features Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang in key roles.
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