Mumbai, September 24, 2017: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who is currently shooting for “Thugs of Hindostan” alongside superstar Aamir Khan here, says the cast and crew of the upcoming film have been advised to wear masks on the set after a few of them took leave due to common cold.
“At work on the sets its like a zombied region as masked men and women move about dextrously getting work done, one way or the other… Masked? Yes, masked…for we have or rather one of the AD’s (additional directors) that are in charge of medical and environ and weather conditions, have been investigating the rapid rise, from the absence register of those that work on production,” Amitabh wrote on his blog on Friday night.
“And their research and analysis has found the reason to be, an influx , an invasion, a tidal wave of immense destructive power, a storm more powerful than those that are repeatedly hitting the South West coasts of the US… The common cold,” he added.
Amitabh later said that he is shooting “day and night” for “Thugs of Hindostan”.
“Time for the bed and perhaps a few more pictures from ‘TOH’ where I shoot day and night… So here are the pictures from the very important YRF production: ‘Thugs of Hindostan’ Naah… that cannot be done just yet. Sorry about that,” he wrote.
Directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, the film also features Katrina Kaif, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Jackie Shroff. (IANS)
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