Amitabh Bachchan on his film 'Pink'!
There is no arguing that megastar Amitabh Bachchan is one such distinguished actor who has been offering his audience a generous does of reinvention with each one of his film he has done in a five decade trajectory. In his chequered career we have seen him portray an angry man in Zanjeer, a rakishly powerful man in Don, a senile teacher in Black, who develops Alzheimer's disease in the later years of his life, and a young boy Auro in Paa, who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disorder called progeria. The list of his memorable characters is beyond measure. His legendary performances in iconic film roles have made him one of the greatest actors in the history of Indian cinema. Four National Awards and fifteen Filmfare Awards for Best Actor and several other accolades and honors in his repertoire, but all this fame and stardom could not deprive him of his simplicity. Despite his mastery of the trade, he still approaches each of his character like his first. He started off 2016 with Wazir and then went on to deliver an extremely nuanced performance in TE3N. And after watching his latest offering Pink, you will be surprised to see how adeptly the actor immerses himself in the role he plays. In an exclusive email interview with us, the veteran thespian and a figure of grace talks about his film Pink, his costars and director.
Pink has become the talk of the town because of its bold and sensational trailer. What the film is all about?
It is a social thriller. Three independent working girls living independently in an apartment in Delhi go out for an evening to a club, meet some boys and an incident happens, which brings the matter to court. What transpires then is what the film is all about.
What drew you to this project?
The concept of the story and the essence of what the director and the writer wanted to convey.
As the trailer shows, you play a lawyer in the film. Could you, please, tell a bit more about your character?
Lawyers are lawyers. They fight for their clients in the courts of law. My character is a retired lawyer, who has given up his practice but takes up this case because of his belief.
What kind of preparations you had to do to get into the skin of your character?
Fortunately the written work and the work of the director made my job a lot easier. They guided and directed me in the right direction. My preparations came from the very sincere research that production had done.
Is the film at all inspired by the 2012 Delhi rape case of Nirbhaya, which shook the entire nation?
No, the film is not about rape though I am certain that certain aspects of real life incidents must have gone through the minds of the writers.
There are three young actresses in the film. How has been your experience working with them?
Most enjoyable! They are magnificent in the film and I am in great admiration of them.
How do you find Aniruddha Roy Chaudhury as a director?
Very focused and clear on his approach to the film, the story and how he wanted to lead his actors into the story.
Your next film ‘Thugs Of Hindostan’ with Aamir Khan has been just announced. When the film is going on floors?
The film with Aamir and YRF is likely to go on the floors by next year early.
You have portrayed hundreds of characters in your career so far. Which of them has been most like you?
None I hope. We are actors professed to play characters developed and created by someone else. And may that ever remain so.
When are we going to see you on small screen again?