Big B nays rumours of Jr B's March marriage

The Big B holds forth on the forthcoming nuptials of his son, Nishabd's reception and the Filmfare awards.
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Updated on Mar 10, 2007 07:53 PM IST
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None | BySubhash K Jha, Mumbai

Belying over-enthusiastic reports of a marriage date for Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachchan says they are as impatient as others but haven't been able to finalise a day due to paucity of time.

"We still haven't got a date. The two of them are so busy, we haven't been able to sit down and work it out," Amitabh told IANS, denying reports that they were supposed to marry on February 19 or March 19.

"Now Abhishek's schedule for Drona is postponed so I'm hoping we'll be able to sit down and work out a date. But Aishwarya is in Karjat shooting and Jaya has gone off to Parliament. Everyone is impatient. So are Aishwarya and Abhishek."

Though the two families would like it to be an intimate affair, fans and celebrity watchers are expecting a large wedding.

"Let's see. I think far too much is being made of this affair. It's just another wedding."

It was a very moving moment for Amitabh when he went up on stage at the Filmfare Awards to give his wife the Lifetime Achievement trophy.

"I didn't know I had to give a speech. So, whatever I said came from the heart. I needed to recollect a lifetime with Jaya to give her the trophy for Lifetime Achievement."

"That evening brought out a lot of emotions. My daughter Shweta, who's a tough girl, was moved to tears. Aishwarya was crying. For Jaya to acknowledge us as well as Aishwarya's family was wonderful. The day Abhishek announced Aishwarya was the girl he was going to marry, she became a part of our family. I look on Aishwarya as a daughter."

As for the Big B not getting a Filmfare Award this year, "I didn't deserve one this year. I thought Abhishek was far more award-worthy in KANK (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna). I very happily and proudly accept that."

On stage Jaya had thanked her husband for giving her a home.

Says Amitabh,"That was a manifestation of a larger socio-cultural philosophy. In our society a woman is uprooted from her paternal home after marriage and put through this whole process of re-acclimatisation in what's known as a 'paraya ghar'. A lot of us don't understand how painful this uprooting process is for a woman. That evening Jaya was acknowledging that whole process."

For a special directors' preview of Nishabd last week, Abhishek was moved to tears.

"I called all my directors to see Nishabd on March 7. Ravi Chopra, who is a very hard director to please, was deeply moved. People are surprised. They came expecting something else.

"Abhishek had only some rushes earlier on. He had some apprehensions about Nishabd. He doesn't show his emotions that easily. He was visibly moved. He feels my performance in Nishabd is better than in Black. Abhishek made an interesting observation. He said I had huge props in Black. In Nishabd, I performed without props. Again, Abhishek is a hard customer to please."

On Shah Rukh Khan's comments on his friend and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh at the Filmfare Awards, he says, "Those were off-hand comments made in jest. Such comments shouldn't be taken seriously."

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