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I want to keep learning every day: Amitabh Bachchan

THE ASIAN AGE. | SUBHASH K JHA
Published : Oct 12, 2018, 12:15 am IST
Updated : Oct 12, 2018, 12:15 am IST

On his 76th birthday, Big B talks about his journey, latest release and lots more.

Amitabh Bachchan
 Amitabh Bachchan

On his 76th birthday, Big B talks about his journey, latest release and lots more.

It is that special day again. Special for us, that is. Why do birthdays annoy you?
Such an unnecessary fuss! A birthday is just another day in the life of a person. What’s the big deal?

 

What would the ideal birthday be like, for you? A day away from all the attention?
Yes, that would be ideal. But I would like to have my family with me, particularly my grandchildren.

For years now, you’ve lived a life devoted to others. Do you ever think, “Enough, now I want to live for myself”?
The satisfaction that you get from living a life devoted to others can’t be found anywhere else. To have “had enough” would be a failure on my part as an artist. The day I feel like I have had enough will mark the defeat of my creative abilities.

But there’s only so much you can do in one lifetime.
Yes, there shall always be limitations to our abilities. But I believe we learn something new every day. Giving up would mean giving up on life. I want to keep learning every day of my life, even though realise that even that will never be enough.

 

Do you have any unfulfilled dreams – as an actor, an artist, a musician, and an Indian?
As an actor, I have millions of unfulfilled dreams – dreams of perfection, of qualifying the craft to its ultimate degree, if that can even be done. As an artiste, I wish to accept my limitations and yet keep on attempting to improve with each challenge. As a musician, I want to be able to educate myself in the playing of musical instruments, for music is the closest connection to the almighty. And as an Indian, I have always wanted India to be called a developed nation, and not a developing nation. I want it to be labelled a first-world nation.

Your next release is the much-awaited Thugs Of Hindostan, the trailer of which has got everyone talking about your get-up, your demeanour, your dialogues and, of course, your legendary baritone. How easy was it to get into character and do those gruelling action sequences?
The Thugs of Hindostan shoot was difficult and strenuous. But when has any job ever been easy? It took me a good 3-4 hours to get ready every day, and another hour and a half to take the costume and make-up off after the shoot. But once a commitment has been made, it is only professional to behave as directed by the makers. And I hope I have been able to do that.

 

If Deewaar were to be remade, whom do you think should be cast in your role and Shashi ji’s role?
Today, we have several distinguished talents in the film industry who are capable of playing those roles. But with all due respect, it would be extremely difficult to replicate the writing and screenplay of Salim-Javed.

Sexual harassment at the workplace, and in the entertainment business, in particular, is one of the vital issues that’s being discussed today. What do you think of the problem of women's safety?
No woman should ever be subjected to any kind of misbehaviour or disorderly conduct, especially at the work place. Such acts should immediately be brought to the attention of the concerned authorities, and corrective measures should be taken. Women and children are the most vulnerable sections of our society, and they need to under special protective care. It has been most heartening to see an increase in the representation of women in most vocations. It would be an irreparable blemish if we are not able to provide them the welcome they deserve and the dignity of their security.

 

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