Bachchan 53 years 200 films – Day 2110

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There are more references to his earlier films than his later ones and it is because Bachchan’s earlier films were more fantasy-driven and included adventure props like a Crocodile, a Tiger and a Dolphin which, over time, got replaced with more realistic props like a Helicopter, a Typewriter, an Apron and a Turban. 53 years and 200 plus films, Amitabh Bachchan has long since, sublimated the language of cinema that is peculiar to Hindi films. He has worked its verbs, overwhelmed its adjectives, brought to life its nouns, subjugated its predicates and predicated its subjects. This renders it easy for a writer to describe his phenomenon but then, makes it equally difficult too, when one seeks to summarize it. 

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Vijay is Amitabh Bachchan – Day 2109

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India celebrates December 16 as Vijay Diwas but for cinema audience, Vijay will remain synonymous with Amitabh Bachchan. For 53 years now he remains a national obsession. My third book on the actor, Amitabh Lexicon celebrates his body of work linking it to the Oxford Dictionary, where every word/ verb/ adjective/noun can be associated with an Amitabh film scene and if this sounds confusing let me elaborate with examples: When I say Arrow – we have Manmohan Desai’s film Toofan and when I say Abduct – we have his childhood scene in Shakti. When I say Bottle- we recall many scenes from Sharaabi and when I say-Backfire- you remember his tricks from Satte Pe Satta to woo Hema Malini and she rebuffing him. Or say the word Cab- what you remember his emotional scene with the taxi in Khud-Daar and so Amitabh Lexicon combines alphabets of the English language with scenes from the actor’s movies and celebrates the superstar.

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Leap of Faith – Day 2108

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As a decade went by Hrithik got used to the complexities of show business and learnt to take each day and film as it came. He said he had understood there is nothing perfect in life and all one has to do is to give the best shot in whatever you do be it home or work.  “When I was assisting my dad on his films, I thought all my problems would end the day I got a break in films. Little did I know that the day dad launched me was the beginning of my struggle. Now I have to constantly watch myself, because every time I fail, I am letting down my fans. I know I cannot succeed every time but I must have the satisfaction of giving my best’.

And that is something all his filmmakers will vouch for. His father Rakesh Roshan, Zoya Akhtar and director Ashutosh Gowariker who said he built special relationships with everyone associated in the film including the elephant in Jodha Akbar. Gowariker said Hrithik addressed the elephant like a beloved and wore the same perfume so that the animal remembered his aroma, as a result when we had to shoot them together, they were well synchronized.

Surviving Superstardom – Day 2108

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Over the years whenever we met it was always a meaningful conversation. I had watched him in his early stardom days and there were days he was drained and said, ‘My dad had warned me about show business but a few years of stardom and I have realized that everything comes with a price. I’m not complaining, just expressing. Everyone expects me to make time for them, some because they’ve known me since childhood…Some, because they are known to my parents…Some producers are aware that I don’t have dates but still insist on my commitment, it is nerve wracking’.

There were stories of large group of children wanting to meet him and parking outside his bungalow.  Some more waiting on the sets – colleagues, friends, relatives of people involved with the film and gate crashers too. He pleaded with journalists not to visit him on his sets because he needed to concentrate on his scenes, but every day, the media waited to catch his attention in between shots, during lunch break and post pack up. The most difficult thing for Hrithik those days was to balance family time with his parents and his new bride, Suzanne.

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Happy Birthday Hrithik – Day 2107

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Today, Hrithik Rosha turns 48 and completes 22 years of his career. He once told me that every year on his birthday, he makes it a point to amend a drifted or broken relationship. “It is difficult but I make an effort and I feel nice about it. After he told me this, I started following him and trust me it felt very good. There is something special about Hrithik and it is that something special that connects us to his screen persona and love him in all his films. His family knew that Hrithik would grow up and become an actor, but they were not prepared for his phenomenal success.

For those who don’t know the complete journey it all began with a photo-shoot. Hrithik shot with an ace cameraman and when it was time to pay the bill, father Rakesh Roshan wanted to see what he was paying for and what he saw floored him! The following morning, at the story session at Film Kraft office, Rakesh Roshan said he was introducing a newcomer for his next film. His team was surprised. ‘My son Hrithik will be the hero of my new film’. Hrithik was part of the meeting and left the room. His father followed him, ‘What happened, aren’t you ready son?” Hrithik hugged his dad and assured he was. The rest, as we all know, is history.

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New projects, new ideas – Day 2105

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SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus RRR is going to be the gamechanger and the lead actors are relieved because the difficult dubbing in all the four languages is finally over. NTR Jr has taken up the challenge and dubbed all four versions himself and so that his colloquial slang does not stand out in Tamil, Kannada and Hindi he hired tutors to supervise his delivery. Last seen as freedom fighter Komaram Bheem, Sametha’s fan following is to be seen to be believed.

Cannot believe that we have finally conquered our demons and ready to embrace 2022. The race for the theatres has begun old times. Tiger Shroff has blocked the cinema halls for Ganpat, Salman Khan has blocked dates for more stage shows, Akshay Kumar has blocked for Rakshabandhan and Karan Johar for Brahmastra. The stars, the cinema halls, the music companies are full-on ready for entertainment. Now let’s just hope that  covid/ virus/ corona/ delta/ omicron or whatwver you want to call it, behaves itself.