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BY SUGANDHA RAWAL
A few days before turning 78 on Sunday, Bollywood Shahenshah Amitabh Bachchan signed a new multilingual mega project, co-starring Telugu superstar Prabhas and Bollywood superstar Deepika Padukone. He already has a handful of films in his kitty right now, and he has just returned as host of the popular quiz show, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).
At 78, Big B’s aura only grows brighter with every passing year. The iconic actor shows no sign of slowing down.
In his five decade-plus career, Big B has conquered it all — stereotypes, career slump, generation gap, health problems, even Covid-19, and has emerged stronger and successful each time.
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Indeed, Big B is among Bollywood’s busiest superstars right now, also the most adaptable. Having lorded over the big screen with a larger-than-life image for over five decades, he was quick to realise the power of the OTT platform. With “Gulabo Sitabo” releasing digitally earlier this year, Bachchan was doing exactly what he did with KBC two decades ago. He was staying relevant by connecting with a new generation of fans, by taking his presence to a medium compatible to their taste and liking.
In all this, he maintains the earnestness of a newcomer. He was the first one to start shooting when unlock was implemented. He dived back into work as soon as he recovered from coronavirus, and is already juggling between multiple projects.
“The work comes in leaps and bounds and the need to do it stays with us ever… so we work and continue till time lasts,” the actor recently blogged. The line gives a glimpse of his passion and dedication towards work.
According to trade analyst Girish Johar, the fascination for Amitabh Bachchan among fans young enough to be his grandchildren stems from his ability to remain a timeless enigma despite his mass appeal.
“The kind of work he is doing, and the kind of image and brand power he brings to a particular project, be it a film or a social cause, he lends a lot of credibility, prestige and honour. Words fall short for him. We are truly blessed to be witnessing his journey,” Johar told IANS.
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“Big B is a living legend. He is an icon unto himself. There are certain people who are beyond the comprehensive trajectory or stardom. The way he has managed his career, his ups and downs including his health and business, the way he has managed to withhold and withstand all that is beyond words,” Johar added.
That streak of resilience probably stems from the struggles that tempered him in his early years. There were rejections, followed by a phase when he made his mark as a promising actor, which was soon overshadowed by the pinnacle of superstardom. When the superstar tried his hand at film entrepreneurship, he went bankrupt, only to bounce back and claim supremacy as a global icon.
Yet, funnily his tall and lanky frame coupled with the signature baritone, was deemed unsuitable for Bollywood’s image of a perfect hero when he entered the industry. These factors were pointed out as flaws, which now render an edge to his image.
If his superstardom of the seventies and eighties rested on sticking to trademark Angry Young Man roles, his current phase has been all about not shying away from taking risks, experimenting and reinventing. That ability to change with time is a factor that makes his success story so distinct.
“He has always stood out, and always tried something different. He is building his persona everyday. He is always one step ahead. Now that he is on OTT he is everywhere, from movies to television to the digital space. It’s like a combination of everything. So, people are excited to see him,” said trade analyst Rajesh Thadani.
Big B started his journey in showbiz as one of the protagonists in KA Abbas’ “Saat Hindustani” (1969), and then notably went on to feature in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s “Anand” (1971) starring Rajesh Khanna. His tryst with greatness started with Prakash Mehra’s “Zanjeer” in 1973, the film that established his image as Hindi cinema’s Angry Young Man.
Towering roles in “Deewar” (1975), “Sholay” (1975) and “Don” (1978) cemented his position in the industry. While his intense, larger-than-life image has made way to more realistic avatars in recent years (“Black”, “Paa”, “Piku”, “Pink” and “Badla”), his ability to regale with characters of myriad shades continues.
“His discipline and punctuality are legendary. His dedication to the craft is awe-inspiring. Even today he carries with him the enthusiasm of a child. I have seen him sit out in biting, sub-zero weather in Poland during the shooting of ‘Chehre’. He would wait after all his work was done just to watch others at work. Such is his love for the craft,” said producer Anand Pandit.
As Big B’s tryst with honing his craft with each project continues, IANS lists some of his projects to look forward to:
A superhero adventure, Amitabh Bachchan will feature in the Ayan Mukerji-directed film with Alia Bhatt, Ranbir Kapoor, Nagarjuna and Mouni Roy. The project is being billed as the first part in a trilogy.
The mystery thriller is directed by Rumi Jafry and also features Emraan Hashmi, Rhea Chakraborty, Krystle D’Souza and Annu Kapoor.
Directed by “Sairat” maker Nagraj Manjule, “Jhund” is reportedly based on the life of Vijay Barse, who is the founder of Slum Soccer. Big B plays the role of a professor who channelises street children to build a football team.
Bachchan makes his debut in Tamil with “Uyarndha Manithan”, which also stars actor-director SJ Suryah. It is a bilingual film.
UNTITLED FILM WITH PRABHAS AND DEEPIKA PADUKONE
Big B will star with Deepika Padukone and Telugu superstar Prabhas in a multilingual mega production for the big screen. The yet-untitled film is slated to release in 2022.
The film is a sequel to the 2002 heist thriller “Aankhen”. It will be directed by Anees Bazmee. (IANS)
The city of Delhi has seen it all; from sultanate rule, to dynasties, and to colonial rule. From monarchy to democracy, Delhi has gone through its phases. But, in order to know and explore the nuances of Delhi, you must read these beautiful books.
1. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi by William Dalrymple
This book was written while Dalrymple was still flirting with his love for the Medieval India. The author writes, "Moreover the city- so I soon discovered- possessed a bottomless seam of stories: tales receding far beyond history, deep into the cavernous chambers of myth and legend," and just like this, Dalrymple takes you in a tour to discover Discover Delhi.
2. Delhi by Heart: Impressions of a Pakistani Traveller by Raza Rumi
This book explores how the author explores his identity as a South Asian Muslim and how his city of Lahore is a mirror image of Delhi. Rumi, in this book, tries to co-relate the past with the present by comparing its festivals, streets, and markets.
3. Delirious Delhi: Inside India's Incredible Capital by DavePrager
This book is quite interesting. The story of this book revolves around the lives of Dave and Jenny who have recently moved to Delhi when their firm began to go down. The city of Delhi in this book is shown through their eyes as they try to make their way in the city that holds together a very large population.
4. The Heart has its Reasons by Krishna Sobti, Translated by Reema Anand, Meenakshi Swami
The original title of this book is "Dil - o - Danish". This book tells the reader about the streets of Old Delhi and almost transport the reader back in the past. This book is basically set in the 1920's, and tells the tale of a man's extramarital affair, his children out of wedlock, black magic, and Chandni Chowk's rich culture of sweets and the perils of being a widow. Interestingly, many have compared the author of this book to Jane Austen.
5. Delhi: A Novel by Khushwant Singh
Who would talk about Delhi and not remember Khushwant Singh? This amazing book is just like a narrative of the author's fulfilled love affair with the city and with a eunuch. The narrator in this book is an aging man who is trying to discover the city. This book is truly a masterpiece, where it takes the readers on the history of Delhi glimpsing at what makes the city what it is– simply beautiful.
There are some of the Indian cities which are older than time. Therefore, we must know which cities are they, and what has been their history!
1. Varanasi (1200 BC–)
Varanasi is one of the oldest cities of India, and has been a center of religious and cultural activity since the Bronze Age. In fact, this city might have been in existence from a very long time, since it finds mention in the Rig Veda. It is believed that the city of Varanasi was thriving for more than 1600 years before the fall of the Roman Empire in Europe. This city is one of the holiest places for Hindus and Jains, and even Lord Buddha gave his very first sermon here in 528 BC. In Hinduism, it is believed that dying in Varanasi brings salvation, which is the reason why the city is always brimming with pilgrims.
2. Ujjain (700/600 BC–)
Ujjain was once considered as one of the most prominent cities in the Middle India. In fact, the name of this city is repeatedly mentioned in the literature of that period, i.e. in the works of stalwarts like Kālidāsa. This city has seen the rise and fall of numerous empires, from the Mauryas to the Avantis, Nandas, and even the Guptas. This city, just like Varanasi, is also considered as one of the holiest cities in India, and hosts one of the officially recognized Kumbh melas, the Ujjain Simhastha Kumbh, in which people across the world take place.
3. Madurai (500 BC–)
Madurai been a major center of culture and trade for more than 2500 years. In fact, the name of this city has been mentioned in the writings of the great traveler, Megasthenes, and has been ruled by several empires from the Pandyas and the Cholas to the Karnata, and finally the British. Interestingly, ‘'Koodal,' was one of its ancient name which means 'a congregation of learned men'. There is no doubt that Madurai was an epicenter of scholars and religious teachers in the southern part of India.
4. Thanjavur (300 BC–)
Thanjavur was formerly known as Tanjore. This city is pretty famous for its Tanjore style of painting, which is a traditional style that is characterised by the use of gold foil, religious imagery, and simple compositions. This city is best known for being the home of the Great Living Chola Temples, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Till date, people across the world visit this place in order to experience its rich history and heritage.
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