India Abroad September 23, 2016
Celebrity interviews either happen on time (which is rare) or get delayed, but it’s almost unheard of if an inter- view happens before its scheduled
time. But then Amitabh Bachchan has always been known for his punctuality.
The actor arrived early and immediately
settled down to discuss his courtroom drama
PINK, co-starring Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kul-hari, Andrea Tariang, Piyush Mishra, Angad
Bedi and Dhritiman Chatterjee.
“I feel a sense of great pride in not just bei-
ng associated with (co-producer) Shoojit Sir-
car, director Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury and
the entire crew, but also feel very proud of its
content,” the actor tells India Abroad. “Very
rarely have I had the opportunity to say lines
which I would have said even if I wasn’t
working in a film. That’s the kind of belief
that I think all the artists, who have worked
in the film, have.”
Everything he’s spoken so far about the
hard-hitting film is his personal belief as well,
he adds, and not just because of his associa-
tion with campaigns like Beti Bachao, Beti
Padhao or being a United Nation’s amb-
assador for the girl child: “Whatever I have
spoken in the film is my belief. There’s a lot of
reality in what I say.”
What was it like working with so many
The other thing (besides the film’s content)
that really attracted me are the performances
of the young artists in the film. Those are the
characters and the artists you will notice; you
will not notice anybody else. Taapsee,
Andrea, Kirti, Angad and all the other boys
that have worked in it are just phenomenal.
This is with due respect to all the other
artists that are there. They have all done exceptionally well, but somehow, I feel, this young generation that I have had the fortune to
work with, is just an amazing learning graph
How is it possible for them to be so natural
and so good in their very first appearances?
That’s very attractive. I don’t have words to
describe that. We are still taking years and
years and even now, wanting to learn new
things, but when they come onscreen, they
are just perfect.
It is wonderful to be in their company, to be
able to learn something from them and perhaps use it in my next film.
What is the strongest factor in the film?
It’s a comment, a viewpoint.
I am not saying it’s a documentary or a film
on rape or women-empowerment. Yes, there
is a story. It’s entertaining like a regular ente-
rtainer. You will go and enjoy it.
An incident happens in the film around
which the story is dedicated and constructed.
There are certain factors which I feel society
and people, who live in our world today, need
to take note of.
Do you think the film will spark a controver-
I would be very happy if there are discussions and debates after seeing this film.
I wouldn’t mind being a part of them; I am
sure the crew would also want to be a part of
How was it to work on the film?
It’s been a very natural experience.
These are rare moments in an actor’s life,
where you’re put in an environment which is
so natural and you get natural performances.
You are allowed to enact moments that allow
you to take your time and get involved in it.
There is a great courtroom drama in the
film. I am happy that the director used six-seven cameras at the same time. It enabled us
to shoot an entire sequence of 15-20 minutes.
When the camera is running continuously, all
of us were performing our little bits in
sequences as per the script.
Other times (on other sets), you just go and
say your lines and you cut, go back, relax and
then somebody else’s shot is taken. But this
was done all together, all at once.
Even if I have said my lines and been a part
of that sequence, I haven’t been eliminated
from it. I come back to my seat where I am
supposed to be in the structure of the frame,
and I am still reacting to what is happening.
That was really, really commendable.
Whatever you see is how it actually happened. We haven’t cut away to take a separate
shot of somebody; it all happened in one
It’s been a novel experience for me.
If you had to give some safety tips for wo-
men, what would they be?
I can’t say what is good and bad for security
and what kind of physical things you need to
do. But I feel that we should start educating
women at a very young age and tell them that
you have to use your own wisdom, authority
and strengths and not be dictated by somebody.
I keep using this phrase which I picked up
from a wonderful editorial in The Times Of
India, which said that, ‘Women are not a
democracy, they are a dictatorship and it’s
about time the dictator took charge.’ It’s a
fantastic statement. Do not deliberately get
subjected by authority: Log kya kahenge? Yeh
kaisa hoga? Ladkiyan aisa nahi karti... I
think we are growing out of that phase.
I think this film may not deliberately tell
you to do something like this, but it certainly
is supportive of this sentiment. I hope it can
leave a lesson to some of the viewers.
I can’t tell you to carry a weapon or spray
gun with you, but I think we should start
changing the temperament of the women.
They are an important part of our society. They need to be respected; they need to
be given their dignity, their position.
I come from an industry, I have been in for
45 years. We never had so many ladies on
(the) set, for example. We never had ladies
looking after events, managing affairs of production, taking care of camera work, designing work, scripting, writing... It’s just phenomenal. I think we need to continue doing
this and be more cautious towards some basics, which need to be pronounced.
You’re one of the busiest actors in Bolly-
wood. What is a regular day like?
My life is just as ordinary as yours perhaps. I am not saying that yours is an ordinary life, I know it’s very tough.
I would hate to be in your situation.
But I am just very normal. I get up in the
morning, have a job to do, go there, come
home, be with the family, that’s it.
In this digital age, how important is it to be
well-versed with social media?
There are always two aspects to this.
There are some people, who find it too intrusive and personal, and they don’t want to
get into it and that’s fine.
You have to look at the other aspect as
well. You can’t be looking at people and only
looking at praise towards you. Nobody is
beyond some kind of fault and those faults
need to be understood. I find it extremely
I cannot say whether everyone should join
social media because that is a personal choice. All I can say is that I am having a wonderful time with all the three platforms (Twitter,
Facebook and the blog) every day.
Amitabh Bachchan tells
what drew him to
his latest film, PINK.
‘A rare moment in an