Amitabh Bachchan ‘still feels anxious before the camera’

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Amitabhh…“Every film is a test, an examination for me.”

Amitabh Bachchan, 73-year-old super star of Bollywood with a career spanning 50 years, says he is still anxious before the camera.

The star in fact he enjoys the ‘self-pressure’ and anxiety, and he says he would never want it any other way.

“Every film is a test, an examination for me. ‘Pink’ (his next) is no different. It gives me sleepless nights and anxiety before each shot that needs to be taken. That is the way I would like it to be. Nothing comes easy in life. Certainly not a hard hitting film,” Bachchan said in an interview.

The National Award-winner will be seen playing a lawyer suffering from bi-polar disorder in “Pink”, which is about three young women fighting a apathetic society.

Bachchan says he is in a really interesting phase in his career.

Filmmakers like Shoojit Sircar, who directed him “Piku”, are coming up with meaty, layered characters for the megastar.

Asked whether the transition from being the leading man to a character star has been difficult for him, Bachchan says he does not look at it that way. “It’s a state of mind that needs to be understood. Each artist has his or her own conception of it. I need to work and I am fortunate to get it, so I work, character role or not.”

Coming to “Pink”, which releases tomorrow, Bachchan says he agreed to the movie within minutes as he found the concept of courtroom thriller very appealing. “Its story was first narrated to me by Shoojit Sircar and it took me minutes to agree. I did not ask what role I was going to play or what the story or screenplay would be,” he says. “Pink” is his third release of the year after “Wazir” and “Te3n”.

Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, best known for his Bengali dramas “Aparajita Tumi”, “Antaheen” and “Anuranan”, is making his Hindi directorial debut with the movie, which besides Big B, stars Taapsee Pannu, Kriti Kulhari, Andrea Tariang and Angad Bedi. 

The actor says it was not difficult for him to slip into the role of a lawyer as Sircar and his team did extensive research on the plot.

“Shoojit and his team went through a very rigorous research before formulating the screenplay and dialogue. Real life cases were studied, lawyers and court room protocol was looked into, and we always had a lawyer on set in an advisory capacity.”

With respect to the film story, Bachchan says he is hopeful that there will be a time when women will not feel apprehensive about such issues. – CINEWS

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