Shoojit Sircar who produced Pink said in an interview that his association with Amitabh Bachchan, began with Shoebite. “It’s been more than 10 years now and our association is still very strong. It’s purely a working relationship” he said.
Shoebite was never completed due to some reasons.
He said the veteran actor agreed to take over the role after a few minutes when he spoke to him about the script and had taken a great interest in the project from Day One.
He said he gave lot of material for Amitabh to prep for the film. They included a lot of real life cases to study, arguments, behavioural patterns of a lawyer, etiquette that a lawyer needs to follow inside a court. “We picked up real life cases, we showed him some in camera trials and other news clippings”.
Explaining how Big B prepared for the role he said: “Whenever he gets into a character, he is like a child. He is like an inquisitive 17-year old boy. As soon as he gets his script, he starts reading it. He will work on it day and night and will call up if he wants to ask something. He keeps practicing so much that he often forgets to take his lunch. One day I told him, “Sir let’s break for lunch.” And he was like, ” No no. Lets’ work.” But I said,”No sir. Let’s have lunch.” Otherwise from his house, they would have started shouting at me saying that Shoojit is not giving lunch break to Mr. Bachchan. Such is his dedication towards work”.
The producer also says that he is a legend who have worked in films for more than 45 years and is an icon of this country. “He trusts you on films which has strong moral values and which talks about social changes. So you become responsible for it also. And it makes me nervous because he has trusted you so much and as a trusted soldier you need to give it back to your King. I have to fight for him and do anything for him. I consider it an honour and privilege. In this film too, I have not left any scope of complains against Bachchan”
“I was always there standing with him giving him complete support as our director was new. So creatively I got involved in this. More than my film, I got involved in this film. In a nutshell, I am responsible for whatever he does in the film”.
He said the director wanted to make it in Bengali but he had told him to make it Hindi.
Talking about the three actresses in the film – Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang – he said ‘Taapsee is brilliant. I would call this is her launch film. Kirti has done a few films but through Pink you will see her true potential. Andrea is another brilliant actress from North East. I don’t know why others don’t cast actors from the North East but we wanted an actor from there and Andrea has performed brilliantly in the film”. – CINEWS