The private screening of Ferrari Ki Sawari (FKS) at Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s office seems to have moved Amitabh Bachchan to tears. The film, starring Sharman Joshi and Boman Irani, dwells upon the bond between a father and son.
Watching this, Big B was reminded of his father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and how the late poet was hassled during the Bofors scandal in the 1980s. Revisiting the painful phase, Amitabh says, “There was a time when my family was wrongly accused in the Bofors scandal. I ignored the news because I knew the truth. But one morning, I could feel my father paying too much attention to the reports.
He asked me, ‘Beta tumne koi galat kaam toh nahi kiya (Son, I hope you haven’t done something wrong)?’” That was when the actor felt the need to take a stand and clear his name from the scandal.
He says, “I realised that if my father was forced to think so, imagine what others might be thinking. That’s when I decided to fight the case.” Amitabh’s name was finally cleared in April this year after 25 years. The nostalgia was triggered after Amitabh watched FKS. The actor says, “The film’s greatest asset is its simplicity. It talks about how children emulate the way parents conduct themselves.”