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‘We can never do enough’

Two years post 26/11 terror attacks, the police appear more proactive, whether that’s enough is yet to be seen, says Mumbaikar Abhishek Bachchan.

bollywood Updated: Nov 26, 2010 14:24 IST
Priyanka Jain
Priyanka Jain
Hindustan Times

The 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, that took place two years, shook the country and derailed many people’s sense of safety and security. A lot has been written about, and even more has been done since then. But when asked whether that was enough to ensure a safe life in this country, Abhishek Bachchan says, “When innocent lives are involved, nothing can be enough. When you have dealt with people who have become martyrs, lost their lives, loved ones and families, it’s hard to define what is going to be ‘enough’. The police have become more proactive, which is good, but whether it’s enough or not is yet to be seen.”

According to him, the country needs the right leaders. “Those whose intentions are clear and truthful,” says Bachchan, adding that the young leaders in our generation should be given an opportunity to play an active role in country’s governance: “They are the future and should be encouraged more. Just because they are young doesn’t mean they don’t know what they are doing.” blood

The actor has had his share of interactions with young politicians. While he went to college with Milind Deora, he knew Sachin Pilot when he was younger and used to live in Delhi. “Milind is young and understands today’s problems. It’s nice to see young leaders like him and Sachin and the work they do,” he adds. Does his interest in the role of a schoolteacher-turned-revolutionary in Ashutosh Gowariker’s

Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey

have anything to do with his sentiment about the country? “I am ashamed that I did not know about the uprising when Ashu approached me,” he says, adding, “What were we doing at the age of 13? These people were fighting for the freedom of our country. It’s important that films like this are made to teach us about our history.”

Bachchan will be seen playing Surjya Sen in the film. The revolutionary led 64 people, including 58 teenagers, in the Chittagong uprising. While he looks up to freedom fighters like Chandrasekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh, he says he doesn’t understand why names like Sen are not spoken of in the same breath. But playing this part has converted him into an irreversible patriot. “We hoist the Indian flag every morning in our house. Today it has a lot more meaning because, through the film, I have experienced all that went into making this freedom possible,” says Bachchan.

First Published: Nov 26, 2010 12:46 IST