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Amitabh Bachchan: Big changes

Finally, the man, whose stardom was a product of his image, has also had to keep pace with the changing rules of the game. Big B's disastrous comeback in the '90s could be a lesson in the importance of reinvention. However lately Amitabh has been experimenting with his looks more than ever before. Fur coats (KANK), ponytails (Cheeni Kum), beards (Eklavya) — he's been doing it all. Clever way to hide the age-lines? Perhaps his son has finally taken a cue from him and is going in for his Drona makeover.

Gone are the days when a Rajesh Khanna or Dev Anand could carry on for years with their trademark mannerisms and look. With Abhishek Bachchan hitting the gym big time for his superhero act in Drona, it's clear that today the biggest of stars need to reinvent themselves constantly to stay in circulation. Interestingly Bachchan Jr had put on oodles of weight earlier this year for his role in Guru.



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Amitabh BachchanAmitabh Bachchan rules out a reentry into politics
29th Apr 2008  09.00 IST
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Ruling out a reentry into politics, Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan has said 'political split among his fans' led to the end of his stint as a public servant.

In his latest blog, the Big B writes an incident in Assam during electioneering forced him to abort the idea of as career in politics.

"My exit from politics is ruled and governed by that incident and it is the reason why I shall never ever go in that domain again. I would be unfaithful to myself and to my greatest asset -- my well wishers, my fans," he wrote.

"During my electioneering in Allahabad in 1984, there were political splits in families. The women were voting for me, the men for my opponent. But a factor that weighed heavily during my short stint in politics and perhaps became the decider in my decision to withdraw was an incident that occurred in Assam.

"For the Assembly elections in that state (Assam) I was sent to campaign for the party (Congress). An error of judgment forced my helicopter to land at the wrong destination. It belonged to the opposition.

"There was instant physical reaction and the pilot advised we make a hurried exit. As I sat back in the plane, a young student broke the cordon, ran up to me, thrust his fist through the glass window and handed me a piece of paper," he wrote.

It read, "Mr. Bachchan, I am a big fan of yours, but I am with the opposite party. Please leave this state, you are making life very difficult for me for I am torn between two desires."
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Amitabh has no love interest in 'Pa': Balakrishnan

Mumbai, April 29 (IANS) Having got masterly performances out of Tabu and the Big B in "Cheeni Kum", director R. Balakrishnan may be expected to recreate the same magic in his next feature film. But he is on a different track in his second directorial venture titled "Pa"."Pa" features father-son Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan, but no Tabu.

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But that's because 'Pa' has no room for Tabu at all. This time the story is a father-son one. Amitabh has no love interest in the film and I am sorry about that. Abhishek does have a girl though," Balakrishnan told IANS.

For the female lead, the director has roped in Vidya Balan - the first time that Abhishek is being paired with the lately out-of-sight Vidya.

"We've already approached Vidya and she has more or less agreed. I can see her as a pair with Abhishek, can't you?"

Vidya comes into the picture through her sister Priya, who works with ad man Balakrishnan at Lintas.

"In fact, it's Priya I know well. I got to know Vidya only when we started talking for 'Pa'," said the director, fondly called Balki.

After being paired with Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji and Priyanka Chopra, Abhishek is on the look out for fresh collaborative opportunities.

Vidya is someone the Bachchans have admired from the time the Big B saw her in "Parineeta" and then worked with her in "Eklavya - The Royal Guard".

The Big B had compared Vidya with his favourite actress Waheeda Rehman.

So is Balki looking at the prospect of directing a new pair?

"I don't look at it that way. Vidya suits the role. I've known her from her ad days. Though we haven't done any ad together she has done ads for my company Lintas."
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Salim khan calls Amitabh stupid


Amitabh Bachchan at IIFA 2007After Anurag Basu made acidic comments about Big B's acting and age, noted script writer and Salman Khan's father Salim Khan went ahead on humiliating superstar Amitabh Bachchan for spreading wrong message about Uttar Pradesh. In a written statement, published in the Maharashtrian daily, he called Amitabh stupid. Amitabh too counter attacked him and said, "This is a democratic country and everyone has the right to express themselves."

Salim had burst over Amitabh when he spread a false message on a television ad about the state as "UP mein hai dum, kyunki jurm hai yahaan kum". He said that now-a-days, people do and say anything for money and Big B had also done the same as he has been paid huge money for the ad. Amitabh replied back that it is a central government ad and he has just acted according to the script, free of cost.

Pointing to Ash-Abhi's wedding, Salim Khan commented on his humanity and said that Big B wanted people to support him in bad times but he forgets to invite them in his happier days. Amitabh has taken all the comments against him sportingly and replied back logically and calmly.


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Amitabh Bachchan should gracefully retire now: Anurag Basu.

Yes or No? If apna Bollywood is to be believed, the answer is a resounding NO.

That's because AB today represents all that Bollywood has always wanted to be – larger than life and revered. But do superstars come with a shelf-life? While that dictum would hold true for most in the industry, Amitji, as he is lovingly called by all industrywallahs, has a presence that is eternal.

A case of old wine for sure where Big B just seems to get bigger and better with age – Consider all of his recent roles – whether it was playing a possessed cop in Aks, a flirty Sam in KANK, or a father in love with his daughter's friend in Nishabd or more, which have been well-received. In the process he has also set a trend for other veteran actors to explore unconventional roles.

Govinda: The film industry is Amitji. We are lucky that we have a star of his stature who can teach us so much. We are no one to give him suggestions what he should do or not do with his career. In fact, we should be taking suggestions from him on how to make our film careers as successful as his. Had I not got a chance to work with him, my personality would not have grown so much.

Siddartha Basu: Why should Amitabh retire? By that logic we should then kill everyone who is above 30! He is an accomplished performer and there's a lot more he has to offer to the audience. It should be his personal decision what he would want to do or not do based on acceptance of the viewer. What is being said these days just shows sickening system of talking of issues that have no relevance but are brought up all the time just to make new.

Neena Gupta: Who are we to tell him what he should do? It's, so wrong to take such an approach towards an actor of his stature.

Satish Shah: To be honest, when it comes to Amitji, he is timeless and as he grows older, his performances will mature.

Who says he does not have a youth connect? In fact, anything that is promoted as a youth connect element has a shelf life. Even in Hollywood, as stars mature, they become legends like Woody Allen and Anthony Quinn. So why should Bachchan sahab hang up his boots when he is at his prime?

On a scale of one to ten as an actor Amitji scores from one to ten with no one to give him competition. Naseeruddin Shah, Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan are also stars but not a patch on Amitabh Bachchan.

Tigmanshu Dhulia: Amitabh Bachchan is a legend. The kind of roles he is doing today prove that he still rules the industry. Even the character roles he plays are a class apart. He cannot retire now, not for a very long time.

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Amitabh Bachchan is the latest celebrity to become an ardent blogger, and use the medium to vent.

Girish Rao spoke to the superstar about his passion for blogging, his upcoming film, Bhoothnath and much more.

You have sung a song for Bhoothnath.

Yes. But there are so many things we do in a film which should not be given much importance. As far as the song is concerned, Banku, the child, and I, Bhootnath, are very fond of each other. They start off not liking each other. Bhootnath actually wants to drive Banku out of the house. But later, they become friends.

Tell us more about the film.

Bhoothnath is not a scary film. My character, Bhoothnath, dies because of certain circumstances. But he is very possessive of the house he has been living in. He does not want anyone else to occupy his house. Every time a family moves in, he sends them away.

After that, Juhi's family moves in; and her child is totally oblivious to my existence in the house. Bhootnath tries everything to scare him away but Banku just laughs it off. He feels there are no ghosts in the world; there are only angels. This comes as a surprise to Bhootnath, who has always lived a bitter life. The child changes his way of thinking.

'I am not very good at riding bikes'
Do you believe in ghosts?

I have always believed in the unknown forces of nature and I respect it.

Many things happen in the universe for which we don't have an answer. So we look at some force that is divine in nature.

You also can be seen riding a bike in the film.

The experience of riding a bike was very frightening. I am not very good at riding bikes. I have this fear of falling off the bike whenever I am about to take a turn. I have done some amazing stuff with bikes in Sholay and Mukaddar Ka Sikandar.

When I was in college, the scooter was of great fascination to us but only few in the college owned one. Today's bikes are very powerful.

'Sometimes, I get abusive messages, but that is a part and parcel of this phenomenon'
You have developed a sudden interest of blogging on the Internet.

I got to know of this all of a sudden. Some people explained how blogs functioned, I realised that it's very nice. Now, I am hooked on to it.

It is difficult to reply to everyone but slowly, everything will fall into place. The blog is basically my perspective; if you were to abuse me, I retaliate.

What if the repartee process goes on for a long time?

It would be good; it will benefit both the parties. If we have a platform or a forum where we can express ourselves, then one should surely do it. It's a democratic country where everyone is free to express his or her opinion.

Any interesting comment from readers that you have come across?

Till now, I have not been able to read all comments, but people have expressed their love and affection for me. Sometimes, I get abusive messages, but that is a part and parcel of this phenomenon.

'Sometimes, what I say to the media does not come across properly'
What made you think about blogging?

Actually, sometimes, what I say to the media does not come across properly. I will give you an example. Sometime back, I had gone for [lyricist] Sameer's book release function. Both Yash Chopraji and I were invited for the event.

Sameer said that he shares a very old relationship with me -- both of us are from Uttar Pradesh; his father, lyricist Anjaan, had written songs for me, and now, Sameer is writing songs for Abhishek. Then he brought his son along and expressed a desire that his son should write songs for Abhishek's children. I then said that it's a matter of happiness if he were to do it. I added, 'Please excuse me from here so that I can go home and tell my son Abhishek about Sameer's desire.'

The next moment, in the form of breaking news, it was splashed across television channels that Amitabh wants a son. Later, some women's organisation registered a case on me, saying that I want a son, not a daughter.

You should be very careful in writing things. People are bothered about running their channels but what happens when we are summoned by court? One should think over it.

How do you tackle all such things?

Actually, I don't have to go through it. We have a legal department, who takes care of these things. Whenever celebrities are attacked, we have to pay for it.

'I will never write my biography'
Will you ever write your autobiography?

Never. I don't think I have done anything extraordinary in life, which would compel me to write my autobiography. Others are free to write biographies about me.

Your next film Sarkar Raj is being referred to as Bachchan Raj.

The media has coined this phrase. And yes, the family is the main theme of the film. What more do you expect?
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I'm staying in Mumbai, asserts Big B
New Delhi, April 29: Accused of not doing enough for Maharashtra, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on Tuesday said nothing could stop him from staying in Mumbai even if those opposed to him "throw bottles at my house or paint my posters black or burn effigies".

"For somebody to tell me to leave this city because I have done or even questioning is unacceptable," a combative Bachchan told a TV channel when asked about the recent outbursts of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray against the actor.

"I am living here, staying here and let them do whatever they want to do. Let them throw bottles at my house or do dharnas or stop my films from being released, paint my posters black or burn my effigies or throw stones at me, I am not budging," he said.

Questioning his critics' right to challenge him from staying in Mumbai, he said he was "not answerable" to anybody and that he will do what he feels to do whenever he likes to do.

"I do not hold any public office, I am not a minister, not a government servant. You cannot question me...I am not answerable to anybody," the actor said.

Bachchan said he was hurt at the "insensitivity towards the Constitution.

"This whole land is ours and this land belongs to me as much as it belongs to you or anybody else. I do not need any particular pass or visa to visit any particular part of this country," he added.

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Big B lends support to UN Billion Tree Campaign

BANGKOK: Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan, will show his support to the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign by planting a tree at the UN's Asia-Pacific regional headquarters in Bangkok on Wednesday.

The Billion Tree Campaign was launched by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in January 2007. Since then, close to two billion trees have been planted around the globe.

Along with a focus on tree planting, the campaign also highlights the importance of voluntary action by all sectors of society to address issues such as climate change, air quality and water, among others.

"All of us can play a role in helping our planet. This involves simple actions that each of us can take," said Bachchan ahead of the planting ceremony.

"UNEP's Billion Tree Campaign, which is set to meet its two billion mark soon, is testimony to the tenacity and will of people to do their part. I encourage you to join the millions who helped turn this small 'acorn' into a tree of hope," he added.

Amitabh Bachchan will be joined by Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); Hiroshi Nishimiya, Deputy Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific; and Latha Reddy, India's Ambassador to Thailand and Permanent Representative to ESCAP.
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I wish SRK luck for Paanchvi Paas...: Big B


After SRK, is the Big B planning to return to the small screen? CNN-IBN's Entertainment Editor Rajeev Masand finds out in this exclusive chat with Amitabh Bachchan.

Rajeev Masand: You have a commitment with Star TV to do something with television. What is the nature of the shows that you are discussing? I ask this specifically because after Kaun Banega Crorepati the game show format seems a little redundant now.

Amitabh Bachchan: This is exactly what I have been telling all the television channels who have approached me. There is a balance amount left over with Star TV and we are looking into how we can accommodate that. But yes, it is time to think of something new and normal.

I have spoken to several channel heads and they are battling with new ideas but if nothing comes up then I will go back to the tried and tested formula of game shows or question-and-answer shows.

Rajeev Masand: Shah Rukh Khan's new show Kya Aap Paanchvi Paas Se Tez Hain is also a quiz show. It is perhaps filling in the void that KBC left. Have you had a chance to see it?

Amitabh Bachchan: I haven't seen it. But I saw the master, the original. It was put up to me as one of the options that I would do. But it has gone to Shah Rukh now and I wish him all the best for it.

Rajeev Masand: Are you looking at other formats like acting on television?

Amitabh Bachchan: I don't think so. But you never know, circumstances maybe such in life that you may finally end up acting on television.




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