Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan plans a memorial for his late father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a distinguished Hindi poet whose contribution to literature, the actor feels "cannot be ever challenged". <b1>
"We want to do things in his memory, be it in the field of remembrance, research or in any other field but we will do it," 65-year-old Bachchan, who was in London in connection with the launch of his forthcoming film Bhoothnath told PTI in an interview.
Declining to give details of the scheme, the ace actor said: "Yes, you will know about it. But his (Harivansh Rai's) contribution to literature cannot be ever challenged".
Harivansh Rai was a distinguished Hindi poet of Chhayavaad (romantic upsurge) literary movement in early 20th century and was best known for his collection of poems Madhushala.
Bachchan said he derived his strength from his family, especially parents. "Yes, our parents have been our life and strength. They shall remain with us... I think of them and remember them every step of my day."
Responding to the recent tirade launched against him by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray, Bachchan said, "It is a free country. Everyone has a right to say and feel what they like. I must follow the law of the land and I must follow the Constitution. I must follow my conscience. That is what I have been doing."
Talking about opening a school after his daughter-in-law Aishwarya in Uttar Pradesh, he said, "A promise to the people of the region was made a year ago. We kept our promise and have laid the foundation stone for the school. It will now be built and become operational. I will be involved in funding the construction and will be part of the administration through a trust."
Describing as "absolutely marvellous" his experience of working with children in Bhoothnath, slated for global release on May 9, Bachchan said: "It is absolutely marvellous to be with children. They come without any baggage. They are efficient and full of surprises. We always have to be on high alert as they give 100 per cent. Kids and animals can upstage you and destroy your job."
About his experience of working with Shah Rukh Khan in the film after a long time, Bhachchan said: "Fine, just like any other colleague."
In Bhoothnath, directed by Vivek Sharma, Bachchan plays the role of a ghost which is very protective of the house he inhabits because of a history of a wrongdoing against him, thereby preventing anyone to live there until a family with a little boy finds residence in it. He develops a kind bond with the boy Banku who believes he is not a ghost but an angel.
Juhi Chawla, who plays the role of mother of Banku played by Aditya Sharma, said "it was great pleasure being part of Bhoothnath. I was thrilled to do this film."
"It is a kind of film that all age group can see," Sharma said adding his message to children through the film is "never leave your parents".
Producer Ravi Chopra said, "the only person who could make the film, Bhoothnath, happen was Amitabh Bachchan. Now after having seen the film, I feel the journey was well worth it. The film has worked out better than I had imagined and I am happy that its going to be part of the bouquet of the films that carries the name of BR."
About his forthcoming "Concert Tour" alongwith his son Abhishekh and daughter-in-law Aishwarya, Bachchan said: "We are doing it in July-August and it is to the western hemisphere, the UK, Europe, America and West Indies. Then we come back." He said preparation was going ahead on schedule.