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Big B wants to work with Bhansali again

"I'd love to have him remake Kagaz Ke Phool with me," says Bachchan.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 12:29 IST

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who is on an award-winning spree, is yet to get used to applause. Hesays he "struggled with emotions" when he bagged awards for Black.

"It was such an overwhelming moment to see the audience's reaction to me. I just didn't know what to say," Amitabhsaidin an interview.

After the success of Black, he said he was keen to work with director Sanjay Leela Bhansali again. "I'd love to have him remake Guru Dutt's Kagaz Ke Phool with me."

Following are excerpts from an interview.

The audiencegave you a standing ovation at a recent function.
It was such an overwhelming moment to see the audience's reaction to me. I just didn't know what to say. I had a tough time trying to control my emotions when I saw the audience up on its feet for me. I've no adequate words to describe what I feel each time I get the love of the people in this country.

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan, who is on an award-winning spree, is yet to get used to applause.

Aren't you used to it by now?


No, I still don't know how to deal with the emotions that they shower on me. I've repeatedly questioned myself when I'm alone about what they see in me. I run against a wall each time. I hope I remain healthy and continue to do good work and live up to people's expectations.

You seem extremely happy.
It was so wonderful to see so much recognition for Black. I never expected both the critics' and the popular categories for Black. That's historic! Also father and son - me and Abhishek - getting awards in the same year is unprecedented. We were both nominated in the best actor and best supporting actor categories.

Ironically,filmmakers had called Blackoverrated and hammy. What is your take on that.
Really? Everyone has the right to an opinion and to criticism. But I also have a right to say what I want. If some people felt I was over the top in Black, they are judging me against a certain standard. I want to know what that yardstick is. What's important is that the film's maker was satisfied with the vision he put on screen. It's his concept and dream. No one has the right to challenge that.

The level of hostility against Black was exceptional.
It's simple psychology. The higher you go, the more you're likely to be seen and targeted. I'd love to work with Bhansali again. I'd love to have him remake Guru Dutt's Kagaz Ke Phool with me.

Did youmeet Hollywood actor Will Smith?
Yes. I was very surprised to know that Will Smith had seen Sarkar and Black. Apparently, a lot of people in Los Angeles have seen it. I'm very happy that Abhishek got the best supporting actor award for Sarkar. It's richly deserved. I also thought he was excellent in Bluffmaster. Contrary to what some people in the industry believe, Bluffmaster wasn't a box-office loser. Sadly, Abhishek's performance in it was neither talked about nor applauded.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 12:21 IST