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Big B's second take on underworld

Amitabh Bachchan's Family opens this weekend at the theatres. Film preview

india Updated: Jan 11, 2006 19:07 IST

He’s back. For millions of fans all over the world this is the moment they were looking for — the first Amitabh Bachchan release in 2006. With hits like Black, Sarkar, Waqt and Bunty Aur Babli last year, the legend was surely the actor of the year. His first release this year — Rajkumar Santoshi’s Family — Ties of Blood — opens tomorrow. HT City caught up with the actor.

How would you define your character in Family?
The character that I play is that of an underworld don who is suave and sophisticated but ruthless. At the same time he is a dedicated family man. This aspect in his character is what finally makes him change. How and under what circumstances the reformation takes place is what this story is about.

You seem to have done some amount of action in Family, once again after Ek Ajnabee. How much action is there in the film?
The action that I undergo is not too physical. There is use of weapons for defense and action related to that. However, I feel the story is one that is humane and carries values and principles related to and connected with an average Indian family.

Is Viren Sahai in Family more violent than Subhash Nagre in Sarkar?
Difficult to say — they both symbolise different modes of thinking and activity, not necessarily leading to the same end.

This is your second film with Rajkumar Santoshi. How would you rate him as a director?

Raj

ji

is a very competent and accomplished director. His past record and his achievements are there for all to see. He has great knowledge of screenplay, the written word, the ability to extract the right performance from his actors. On many an occasion, I have found him to be a better actor than a director.

The Big B-Akshay Kumar chemistry once again on screen. Your opinion on Akshay the actor.
Akshay Kumar and myself are barely together in the film. He has his individual track and I, mine. Akshay is an accomplished actor.

The posters featuring you smoking a cigar has caused controversies. What is your take on it?
The issue is being addressed adequately by the producer of the film, Mr Keshu Ramsay.

What can we look forward to from you in 2006?
I am an actor, so I presume in the year 2006, health permitting, you can look forward to some more acting.

The doctor has advised you rest. Will you be going slow in 2006? When do you plan to resume work?
My further activities will be guided and dictated by my doctors.

What have you been doing during convalescence?
Giving interviews.

Any message for your fans who prayed for you when you were unwell?
To my fans and well wishers, I sincerely thank them for their prayers. Their affection has always overwhelmed me, the deep emotion that it generates is difficult to describe in words. I know it is impossible to repay this affection, but I hope that through my work, I shall be able to provide them with some moments of their desired entertainment.