Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan set to star in Balakrishnan's Pa
Director R Balakrishnan gets candid with Diganta Guha about his forthcoming films Pa and Cheeni Kum.entertainment Updated: May 04, 2007 16:33 IST
The father-son duo will be back in their real life equation on screen. We are talking about Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan who will star in adman-turned-filmmaker R Balakrishnan’s next after Cheeni Kum, which stars Big B and Tabu in the lead.
The film titled Pa is, according to Balki as he is fondly called, “is a light-hearted comedy on a father-son relationship.”
“I am still writing the script and will probably start shooting sometime end of this year or next year.” And yes, the two actors have agreed to do the project.
This will be the third time the Bachchans will play father and son on screen after Sarkar and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna. Of course there’s Ram Gopal Varma’s forthcoming Sarkar 2.
And now on Cheeni Kum! Balki has scripted several commercials —Parker, LG and others. And his debut directorial venture is a “sarcastic love story”.
And Balki would emphasise on the sarcastic part as the USP of the movie.
<b1>“It pulls everybody’s legs. It deals with the heavy aspects of life in a light hearted manner,” answers Balki. And mind you, Balki would love himself to be called an “ideas man despite still being an adman by heart.”
And why Cheeni Kum? “Now Cheeni Kum means less sugar. It is not a mushy film. The character played by Amitabh Bachchan is not sweet. All relations in the film are sarcastic and that includes even the romantic track between Bachchan and Tabu,” clears Balki.
The film starring Bachchan and Tabu along with Paresh Rawal and Zohra Sehgal has a 64 year old man falling in love with a 34-year-old woman…ha ha a la Nishabd?
“My film’s as different from Nishabd as a black from white,” is his answer. Now that says it all. Yes it does and nobody other than Bachchan could have portrayed the character of Buddadev Gupta.
“I wanted a character to fit him and so the role. And he is a real cool dude, you know,” adds the filmmaker who elaborates it’s the same for Tabu and others.
What was Big B’s reaction when the script was narrated to him?
“He just smiled. And how newly can you portray this man. He has done almost everything, isn’t it?” asks Balki. Yes he has and the ponytail has also got to do with Bachchan’s cool dude image.
“The film is not an experiment, but the only experiment you can say is his pony tail. We needed a cool dude look for Bachchan who plays a chef in a London restaurant and hence the pony tail,” says Balki. And needless to say, Bachchan “will just mesmerise everybody with his performance.”
A 2 hour 15 minute film, Balki terms the film as a pucca masala film whereby “you should just go and enjoy without thinking much.” And it has all the masala ingredients to make you enjoy the film. And Bachchan isn’t the only one who has impressed Balki — he has an actor called Zohra Sehgal who is in her 90s and of course Rawal and Tabu.
“Sehgal is so much full of energy. We celebrated her birthday on the sets itself. And when you have so many versatile actors around, the job of the director becomes so easy,” he says. The film hits the theatres on May 25.
First Published: May 03, 2007 18:50 IST