Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, who will be sharing most of his screen space in Mira Nair's film with Hollywood veteran Johny Depp in Shantaram, admires the NRI director for making an impact on foreign shores.
"Mira has been meeting me off and on for a long time. She wanted me to be in her (aborted) Buddha. Hopefully, my contribution to Shantaram will be substantial and worthwhile. You've to admire Mira for being a lady from India and making such an impact globally, You've to admire her for her guts and enterprising spirit," the Big B told IANS.
However, there was news recently that Jonny Deep as quoted an exorbitant price to star in the film, which has put the project on hold for some time.
The reports were, however, denied by Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan, who was seen in Mira Nair's The Namesake this year and also has a role in Shantaram, saying that the project is still on.
The Big B will be playing Kader bhai, a benign gangster in Mumbai, who becomes Depp's mentor and surrogate father in the film version of Gregory David Roberts' semi-autobiographical bestseller about an escaped Australian convict who finally ends up in Mumbai's underworld.
Nair is probably the second female director in the Big B's 35-year-old career. He earlier worked with Honey Irani in Armaan. He also intends to work with Deepa Mehta shortly.