“I hate being called Angry Young Man”- Amitabh Bachchan
At ‘The entertainment element: Cinema as the mirror of society’ session at the 13th edition of the INDIA TODAY CONCLAVE, Amitabh Bachchan revealed some interesting facts.
“At the age of 71, it’s difficult to get applauses. Thank you all for that.” That is how the Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, greeted the audience at the India Today Conclave. The superstar, who has been part of Bollywood since the 1960s, says filmmaking was more haphazard in the 1970s than it is now. “We had no choice but to hop from one role to another and to do multiple films at the same time,” he said.
The actor was all humility when he said that the credit for embodying the mood of the nation in a movie goes to the filmmaker rather than the actor. When session moderator Koel Purie Rinchet asked him to recite the India Today Conclave tagline imitating the mannerisms of the different onscreen characters immortalised by him, the ever-witty Bachchan retorted that he didn’t have to go through such grilling sessions even while he was auditioning for films.
Talking about actresses of his time, Big B said were he not married, he would have wooed Wahida Rahman whom he admires a lot for her grace and poise. He was at his sporting best, singing a few lines of the song Mere angne mein tumhara kya kaam hai when requested.
Bachchan admitted that he had gone through a tough time when his business venture failed and that he took up the TV Quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati to pay off debts.
Talking about wife Jaya Bachchan, he said the decision to quit films at the peak of her career was purely her own and that she wanted to look after their home and the children. He added humour to it by saying, “In every marriage, it is the wife who makes the call and there was no scope for a joint decision.”
The Net-savvy actor said he has spent 2,150 days in the blogosphere, 1,411 days on Twitter and 509 days on Facebook.
The standing ovation he received as he signed off was a befitting end to an entertaining session with the biggest name in Bollywood.