We’ll back good films, irrespective of language, says Bachchan
Actor Amitabh Bachchan’s company, AB Corp, premiered Marathi film, Vihir, at PVR, Juhu, on Thursday, two years after Bachchan became the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) first high-profile target.mumbai Updated: Mar 21, 2010 01:37 IST
Actor Amitabh Bachchan’s company, AB Corp, premiered Marathi film, Vihir, at PVR, Juhu, on Thursday, two years after Bachchan became the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena’s (MNS) first high-profile target.
On February 3, 2008, after Bachchan announced he will start a school for girls in Uttar Pradesh (UP), some people, allegedly MNS workers, hurled empty bottles at his bungalow, Prateeksha’s, gate. Party chief, Raj Thackeray’s complaint was that Bachchan lived and worked in Maharashtra but chose to do things for his native state.
In September 2008, at the music launch of Drona, Jaya Bachchan had light-heartedly asked the people of Maharashtra to forgive her for speaking in Hindi since she was from UP.
Irked, Raj’s party threatened to disrupt screenings of Bachchan starrer, Last Lear, and Drona, featuring Abhishek and Jaya. Bachchan was forced to apologise publicly.
Bachchan later wrote on his blog that one day he would make a Marathi film that will prove his allegiance to Maharashtra.
When asked if Vihir is that film, Bachchan said his wife had liked Vihir director Umesh Kulkarni’s diploma film and had told him she would support him if he made a film.
“Two years ago, Umesh brought the subject of Vihir to her [Jaya] and she asked AB Corp and me to produce it,” Bachchan told Hindustan Times. “The film has travelled to South Korea, Berlin, London, Rotterdam and the US and has been getting rave reviews on the festival circuit.”
Vihir is AB Corp’s first production after Paa. Bachchan, however, argued that AB Corp [earlier ABCL] has been making regional films since its inception in 1995. “We have made films in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and Marathi,” Bachchan said. “If there are other interesting projects we will certainly consider them, irrespective of the language in which they are made.”
He pointed out that his wife and he had earlier worked in his make-up man Deepak Sawant’s Marathi film, Akka.
Bachchan had also promoted Marathi film, Harishchandrachi Factory, India’s official entry to the Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category. He had earlier helped the film, Shwaas, to travel to Los Angeles for pre-Oscar promotions.
Bachchan refuses to be drawn into any controversy. He refused to comment on a recent incident on the sets of Crooked when 11 MNS workers refused to allow foreign actors to shoot. Bachchan also steered clear of the controversy surrounding Shah Rukh Khan-starrer, My Name Is Khan.