India as a filmmaking nation has gained recognition - Amitabh Bachchan
Amitabh Bachchan in an interview with Subhash K. Jha. "I miss the camera each moment and each day. But my absence was deliberate, or rather, one that needed to be looked upon with some degree of caution and compulsion..."bollywood Updated: Apr 25, 2013 11:56 IST
Amitabh Bachchan in an interview with Subhash K. Jha.
Yes! I miss the camera each moment and each day. But my absence was deliberate, or rather, one that needed to be looked upon with some degree of caution and compulsion. I had two surgeries during the early part of 2012 and I was advised to restrict my work load.
Personally of course, they mostly centered around the presence of Aaradhya in the house and the joy she brings to each of our lives. Professionally, there was just television and KBC, and that again was momentous. I never realized that I was completing 500 episodes of my association with the game show, from the year 2000 to 2013! That is a long journey, but one that has been most fulfilling. Apart from the excitement that KBC brings as a show, there was the other matter of coming face to face with real India, its people their issues and problems and our little effort in converting their lives substantially. Truly a life-changing experience for many of the contestants.
Well, as I just said, the fact that KBC became a life changing experience for those contestants who did well was most heartening. But yes, some of the horrid stories that we came to gather from the contestants, in particular the acid attack victim was abominable. The atrocities that the girl child suffers through gender discrimination in most parts of the country was unbearable. Yet, despite those trying circumstances, for them to come out of those deplorable conditions and attain such heights of victory on the Hot Seat, was remarkable. It merely proved beyond doubt that given an opportunity, women too were no less than their male counterparts. And this was ably demonstrated by the only lady 5 crore winner ever at KBC, this season! For those that suffered other kinds of physical and social harm, I was so pleased to find a huge amount of response from the viewers of the show, where many have come forward voluntarily to help in whatever manner they can, to alleviate the most extenuating circumstances that some of our own have suffered !
All our activities are centered around her and her timings. Her progress in speech movement and behaviour, most endearing, are closely followed and enjoyed.
I enjoyed many and was most impressed by the fresh talent now invading our film firmament with gusto and immense quality.
... All were enjoyable.
Well, I notice a marked shift in the appreciation level of our audiences, and so too in the makers. As a creative agency, the film industry is thinking great subjects, presenting them wonderfully well and giving opportunity to new faces each day. This is not just true for the Hindi cinema but indeed all the regional cinema as well. Marathi cinema for example is making some of the most extraordinary films, as are the films in the Southern part of our country. India as a film-making nation has gained recognition, at last, at most important Western and Far Eastern forums. There is a dignity and respect which we are achieving each year, and this bodes well for all of us during the historic completion of a 100 years of Indian Cinema!
This cannot be called a debut in the real sense. It is a mere friendly gesture at best. A fleeting 'half a blink and you miss a link' presence. But that short experience of working with Baz Luhrmann was special. The work ethics, attitude and discipline was all a huge learning graph for me.
Yes, there is a project that is being worked on. And from the looks of it should materialize by the early part of 2014.
My association with Gujarat is confined to its tourism and with that I believe, or so I am informed, we have been able to achieve great interest in the region. The numbers have increased exponentially and there is rapid work being executed in the building of infrastructure to cater to the growing tourist visitors. I am non-political so I shall not be able to answer the other part of your question. But the victory of Mr. Narendra Modi is the outcome of a democratic election process and we respect that.
There are many exciting locations in the State and I am certain if a particular film required adequate facility for shootings, the State would provide it.
I feel strongly that not just cinema but all our public vocations or mediums should conduct exercises to look within and ascertain what can be done to rid ourselves of this very grave situation. Every powerful medium that has the capacity to form opinion or cause impression on the polity should make all efforts to give this malaise in our society a primary spot, to make aware, to repair, to comment, so that such acts are not only erased but when perpetrated, be dealt with the severest punishment.
I would imagine that is something you shall have to wait for till the film is released, to ascertain.
First Published: Apr 24, 2013 11:07 IST