‘FANS ARE LIKE SAMDHIS, YOU HAVE TO RESPECT THEM’
Amitabh Bachchan believes that the crowd can make or break stars, hence their status is related to the audiences
While many actors like to stay within the human chains formed by their bouncers and security personnel, actor Amitabh Bachchan says he is not one of them. The 73-yearold adds that he has never felt apprehensive of his fans, in fact, it’s a priority for him. “The crowds made us. They shall one day, if it hasn’t happened already, break us as well. Our status is related to our audiences, they are our ‘extended families’ our ‘samdhis’, they need to be respected. Crowds can get overwhelmingly passionate in their expression of love, that needs to be taken with appropriate sentiment,” says Bachchan, who was recently in news for travelling in a local train in Mumbai.
The actor adds that he has never been scared of negative feedback as well, as this only gives room for improvement. “They could also be overwhelmingly abusive or in dislike. That too needs to be understood, it is their impression of what they think of you. They invest a lot of time, energy and money on you. They have every right to behave in the way they seem fit. Their negativity could be a challenge to improve and prove them wrong. Their positivity could be that muchneeded adrenaline. Scared ? Yes in another sense!! What will they think of your effort? What shall they think of your presence? Will they or will they not? For me, facing an audience is a moment of judgment. And one hopes that judgment day works out well in the end,” he says.
Bachchan is also hosting a television show where he meets and interacts with people, who have done extraordinary things in life.
While he was nervous before the show started, ratings have made no difference to him. “I do not know what ‘ ratings’ are and what they mean to a show. I just do my job to the best of my ability,” he says. “To cope with the amazing incidents and the individuals that narrate them. It leaves you gasping for some humaneness, some responsibility. Finding yourself so small and insignificant in the presence of such,” he adds.
Crowds invest a lot of time, energy and money on you. They have every right to behave in the way they seem fit I do not know what ‘ratings’ are and what they mean to a show. I just do my job to the best of my ability