Even at the age of 76, Amitabh Bachchan very well knows how to keep his audience glued to the screen. Every movie that he comes up with is an entertainment package, and his performance without a doubt is breathtaking. This time, it is Sujoy Ghosh’s Badla. The megastar caught up with us to talk about the movie. Here are few excerpts:
Badla has got great reviews, good number and ample appreciation from the audience. Is it still exciting for you as an actor (after working for so many years in the industry)?
Amitabh Bachchan: Yes, when you are involved in a project, you want it to be seen by as many people as possible. Appreciation is always welcome, however, there are criticisms as well. Everyone is not going to like what you do and they come out with pointers – certain things which we were not aware of during the making of our film. I don’t know about others, but I like to take note of all these things and see if we can improve later. And that’s interesting as a whole because you are conscious about it the next time you work on any other thing.
You are very active on social media. Do you read everything that’s written about your movie?
Bachchan: Yes, I do. I go through my twitter as well as
my blog comments. It is good to know what people are thinking. We are in an age
where it is possible to converse with our audience. They have a voice and a
viewpoint – which is undoubtedly very important.
I believe social media is a revolution in the world of communication which has helped all of us. A lot of people feel that it’s not worth it, but that’s their viewpoint. I do it because I feel it’s valid to know what people think.
What was your first reaction after listening to the script?
Amitabh Bachchan: At the time of signing any script, I don’t think much about what the audience will feel or whether they will like it or not. When Sujoy Ghosh narrated the story to me, I really liked it. I loved my character and writing. So, I was more than interested to work in a movie like Badla.
You have worked with Taapsee in the past. How important is it to have a competent actor in front of you especially when the entire narrative is dependent on the conversation that you are having?
Amitabh Bachchan: If your colleague is good, you look good. It’s the reflection of your colleague’s work that makes you look good in a movie. In the film, when Taapsee delivers dialogue in the way the scripts demand – in the manner of the character- I am going to look phenomenal.
On the other hand, if there are 10 people in a scene but they don’t know what’s going on, you are surely going to look stupid.