Go­ing strong: Big B ex­plains how he gets his roles

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tav­ishi Pai­tandy Ras­togi

NEW DELHI: The ‘an­gry young man’ has aged, the creases on his face more prom­i­nent now, the hair greyer. And with the chang­ing times have come roles that are as var­ied as they can be — from the con­sti­pated Ben­gali in Piku to the stoic lawyer in Pink.

But what his fans con­sider meatier and more mean­ing­ful roles are be­cause of his age, Bol­ly­wood icon Amitabh Bachchan said on Fri­day in a can­did con­ver­sa­tion with di­rec­tor Karan Johar at the Hin­dus­tan Times Lead­er­ship Sum­mit. “When you age those are the kind of roles you get…,”

The 74-year-old ac­tor, how­ever, cred­ited scriptwrit­ers for his evo­lu­tion as an ac­tor and the films he has worked in in the past few years.

“The writ­ers’ work is phe­nom­e­nal. They are re­spon­si­ble for bring­ing in the au­di­ences to the the­atres with the qual­ity of their work. The writ­ers not just write but also vi­su­alise ev­ery as­pect of the film. We (ac­tors) fi­nally just do what we are asked to do.”

In the 45-minute con­ver­sa­tion, laced with ban­ter and self-dep­re­cat­ing hu­mour, the ac­tor asked in mock sur­prise when Johar asked who would be the next Amitabh Bachchan, “What’s wrong with me?”

When Johar asked if he was a self-critic and knows “when you have hit the ball out of the park”, Amitabh said he also knows “when he is lbw and bowled”, re­fer­ring to two crick­et­ing terms of bats­men’s dis­missal.

“There are a lot of times when you shoot some­thing and keep think­ing about it. You would then call the di­rec­tor af­ter the day’s shoot is done and re­quest if cer­tain por­tion can be reshot,” said Bachchan, adding it was the di­rec­tor’s call as he knew best.

“Also, in­se­cu­ri­ties play a ma­jor role in our pro­fes­sion. They help you per­form bet­ter.”


Bol­ly­wood icon Amitabh Bachchan cred­its scriptwrit­ers for his evo­lu­tion as an ac­tor.

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