‘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

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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

PHOTO: YO­GEN SHAH

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