Even at the age of 73, Amitabh Bachchan is a force to reckon with. Having been part of the Hindi film industry for over 45 years now, Bachchan still works as hard as his younger colleagues. But, while he is aware of his stardom, he says that he doesn’t think much of it, and is far from considering himself a legend. “Yeh sab aapki banayi hui cheezein hain. Hum inhe nahi maante (These titles are all created by you people. I don’t believe in them),” says Bachchan, as we catch up with him at a recording studio in the city.
Point out to him that even today his popularity continues to surpass that of many other actors, and he credits it all to the love and support of his well-wishers. “Aabhar prakat karta hoon main (I am thankful to them). I’m so grateful to all my fans who have continued to tolerate me for so many years. It’s wonderful that I still get to work in films, and there are some people who still want to work with me. I hope that it continues this way. I want to keep working so long as my body can take it,” says the veteran.
Here’s Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Piku
There’s no denying that every actor in the industry considers him an inspiration. But he laughs off the praise, saying, “That’s a big mistake they’re making.” He adds, “I’m incapable of giving [anyone] any advice. I would rather seek advice from them. I have the great pleasure and honour of working with the younger generation today, and it’s wonderful to see them. They’re incredibly talented individuals. There’s a lot to learn from them.”
Meanwhile, Bachchan has also been busy shooting for director Sujoy Ghosh’s next production in Kolkata, and says that he enjoys visiting the city. “[I used to work there so there are] a lot of memories. I have spent about seven to eight years in Kolkata [before joining the film industry]. The people there are lovely. They have always had a very strong sense of aesthetics, not just with regards to art, culture and literature, but any profession. They’re so passionate about cricket, football and other sports,” he says.
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