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HindustanTimes Sat,19 Apr 2014

Amitabh Bachchan hates India being called a third world country

Saeed Khan, Hindustan Times  Indore, January 16, 2014
First Published: 22:14 IST(16/1/2014) | Last Updated: 22:25 IST(16/1/2014)

Amitabh Bachchan hates India being called a third world country and wants the youth to take up the cudgels to take the country forward. And yes, he does not remember Ohm’s law, even though he studied B.SC in Delhi University.

Well, that’s what the actor has to say. Bachchan poured his heart out at an event organised by the Indore Management Association (IMA) on Thursday.

The Bollywood mega star held the audience captive during his 40-minute speech after being awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 23rd IMA International Management Conclave.

He shared his thoughts on cinema, cracked jokes and inspired the youth in front of a spellbound audience in the Madhya Pradesh city of Indore.   

“There was a time when children from good families were not allowed to watch movies. I was allowed to watch a film only after it was vetted by my parents,” Bachchan, who has wowed generations of moviegoers, said.

The actor said he was curious after being invited by the IMA.  “Films and management don’t really mix,” Bachchan, who has played his part in the corporatisation of Bollywood through entertainment company Amitabh Bachchan Corporation Limited (ABCL), said.

The Kaun Banega Crorepati host’s message to youngsters was, “You have the strength to make it (India) a world-class country. I hate it when people call it a third world country or a developing country.”

Bachchan said the youth had many opportunities these days. “We were flummoxed,” he said, adding there was a sense of frustration.

According to the Padma Vibhushan awardee, movies are one of the binding factors in a disintegrating world. “When we sit inside a dark hall, we don’t care about the caste, creed or religion of the man sitting next to us. We laugh at the same jokes and sing the same songs.”

Talking about the ups and downs of his life, Bachchan said when ABCL did not do well “... people came to me. They were abusive. They wanted money. I didn’t have any”.

His friends advised him to wind up the company, but he couldn’t as it “bore my father’s name.” The actor added his father poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan was his role model.

So what’s on the agenda for Big B? “I’m 71. If I don’t work I’ll fall ill. It’s important to keep working.”  

Any unfulfilled desires? “I hope so. Getting satisfied is a curse. Artistes and creative people should never be satisfied,” Bachchan said.

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