Feb 20, 2017: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan released the latest book, “Don’t Raise Your Children, Raise Yourself” written by Leadership, Entrepreneurship & Parenting Expert Dr. Swati Lodha.
“Mr. Bachchan is an ideal son, a doting father and a guiding grandfather. It is the greatest privilege to get the book released by someone who recently wrote the most inspiring letter to his grandchildren,” shared Swati Lodha.
This unique book offers inspiration to parents by connecting the journey of Moon through 27 Nakshatras with parenting principles for the 21st century.
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Sharing her happiness, Dr. Swati Lodha said that Mr. Bachchan’s life exudes balance, discipline & patience which are the three pillars for parents to build their family upon.
This is the fifth outing of Dr. Swati Lodha as an Author. Her previous bestsellers include “Come On! Get Set & Go!” and “Why Women Are What They Are”, which have been translated into many languages. This book has already been #1 international bestseller as an e-book.
Famous Actor-Poet Mr. Shailesh Lodha, her husband, quipped “I need to raise myself now”.
Stunts can be risky at 75, but that’s not stopping Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan from doing any of it. He says there’s always an effort to meet professional demands.
The actor, who will next be seen in “102 Not Out”, has performed stunts for his other film “Thugs of Hindostan”.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q. You’ve been off interview for quite some time now. What prompted you to stay away from interviews?
Interviews mean being questioned by one, and the need for an answer by the other! I have had nothing to say, so what is the need for an interview. Now, there is a film on release and protocol and obligations towards media and interviews are the need of the hour for promoting what we have created, for the audience. And so here I am, selfishly, presenting myself for questioning.
Q. How has life been treating you during the past months? There were sporadic reports of ill health and injury. Has the body repaired and are you, as usual, infused with inspirational energy?
A. I have had some injuries during my work recently, which persist. These are related to some old action injuries of the past, catching up as the body ages. Treatments are on and to expect the body at this age to repair completely is wishful thinking.
Q. So one stumbles along “102 Not Out” which is your new release. Tell us what was it like like playing a 100-plus man?
The script and character analysis that was narrated to me by the director Umesh Shukla and the Writer Saumya Doshi, was to play a youthful 102. An attempt has been made!
Q. I feel your beard and white hair makes you look uncannily like painter M.F. Hussain.
A. Never thought about that. But since you say so I shall go with it.
Q. The film reunites you with Rishi Kapoor after decades. What was it like shooting with him after all these years?
A. It was as glorious, as it was all those past years and the historic films we did together. It’s not like we were separated at birth and were meeting after 27 years.
“102 Not Out” addresses itself to the question of mortality and longevity.
Q. Did you have discussions on these themes with the director and your co-star?
A. I do not possess the intellectualism to delve into such deep philosophies. But yes I do know that we are born to perish someday and how wonderful if we can live that life with the fulfilment the joys and the happiness that life brings.
Q. I believe you are doing some audacious stunts in “Thugs Of Hindostan”. Aren’t these risks not worth taking at the cost of your health and well being?
A. They are audacious and they are a risk. But then, I could well slip on a banana peel and head to Thy Kingdom Come. So… we try to live up to the professional demands required of us and proceed subsequently with adequate precaution.
Q. Your daughter Shweta has turned into a novelist. Your comments on that?
I am a very proud father and I am delighted that the legacy of my father continues. IANS