Take 10: Amitabh The Lexicon (Day 1015)

By 20 January, 2017Books
11. Amitabh Lexicon

One day, I was dinning with my friends and for some reason all of us started communicating in Amitabh Bachchan dialogues. It occurred to me that his body of work is so extensive that it is an alternate culture of the country. Just an exercise I opened the Oxford Dictionary and tried to associate every word with a prop in his film and realized that I could make a book out of it. The effort of traveling the 26 alphabets was terrifying but I decided I’ll be patient. My tenth book and third book on Bachchan Amitabh Lexicon (2011) is a compilation of selective words from the alphabets of the English language associated with different scenes from the actor’s body of work – scenes where he made you cry, laugh and all shook up.  Like he says in his film Namak HalaalLo karlo baat…aaree English to aisi aave hain ke I can leave angrez behind…I can talk English, I can walk English, and I can laugh English…”

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