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Bhootnath, Alladdin are for my young fans: Big B

After doing two adult romances Nishabd and CheeniKum lastyear, Amitabh Bachchan is all set to woo his little fans with Bhootnath and Alladdin.
IANS | By HT Correspondent, Mumbai
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2008 12:00 PM IST

Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan, who sang Mere paas aao in the 1979 hit Mr Natwarlal for children, feels it is time he reconnected with his young fans.

After doing two adult romances Nishabd and Cheeni Kum, Amitabh is all set to woo his little fans in a big way with Bhootnath and Alladdin.

In Jhoom Barabar Jhoom where his Jack Sparrow get-up was inspired by Johnny Depp's act in Pirates Of The Caribbean, the kids loved Amitabh.

"I'm delighted to hear that," said the Big B. "What you call the Jack Sparrow get-up in Jhoom... just happened. I made no special efforts.

"The beard was my own. And that hat just happened at the last minute before the shooting. When I was going to face the camera, I saw the hat lying around and asked my director Shaad Ali if I can wear it for my song. That's it. But I'm glad kids liked the look. I'm, in fact, doing two films this year that are specially aimed at younger audiences," Amitabh told IANS.

In Vivek Sharma's Bhootnath, the Big B will play a friendly ghost and in Sujoy Ghosh's Alladdin, he's the genie.

"Both the ghost and genie roles require me to tap the child within me who, let me tell you, is never very far from the surface in my personality. A lot of my interaction in 'Bhootnath' is with a child.

"I've had a child as my co-star years ago in Do Anjaane and more recently in Black and Ek Ajnabee, but these were films for a grownup audience. Bhootnath and Alladdin are my gifts to my young audiences."

Also coming up is Vidhu Vinod Chopra's take on Lord Of The Rings to be directed by ad-man Ram Madhvani featuring the Big B in an FX-suffused avatar.

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