Koi Shaq? Well, f..k that shaq!
Telugu super-director amitabh bachchan,budha,poori jagannath who has to his credit the biggest hit ever Pokiri (remade with Salman Khan as Wanted recently) in Andhra Pradesh, is all set to enter Hindi cinema with an actioner which will star Amitabh Bachchan in and as Budha.
The unusual and eyeball-grabbing tagline for this out-and-out masala film is, Budha Don't F**k With Him, obviously a brainwave of Ram Gopal Varma who's going to produce the film.
Laughing at rumours that he is making a film on the life and teachings of Gautam Buddha amitabh bachchan,budha,poori jagannath says, "Mr. Bachchan's character is actually quite angry and very violent. I've written the role especially for him. It is that of a 60-year old man who refuses to accept his age. Any time someone calls him budha (old man) he flies off the handle."
A diehard Bachchan fan Jagannath wrote the screenplay especially for The Big B. "Budha is not a remake of any of my Telugu films. It's an original screenplay written especially for Mr. Bachchan. The challenge was to cast him as a character he hadn't done before. After seeing Paa, I wonder what any director can make him do that's new! I wanted to cast him again as the Angry Young Man I grew up watching in Zanjeer and Deewaar. But the character had to be modified to suit his age. So I thought of a 60-year old man who thinks acts and fights like a young man."
Budha will have lots of action sequences, some of them of a very intricate and potentially dangerous kind.
Would Mr. Bachchan perform them?
The diffident director is evasive on the stunt front. "We're yet to work out the details. But yes, there are action scenes. Like I said Budha is a film about a man who's 60 but feels he's 20 in body and mind. I wrote the film with Mr. Bachchan in mind."
This would be the hotshot Telugu director's first full-fledged foray into Hindi cinema, not counting the 2004 Tusshar Kapoor-Amrita Rao starrer Shart which Jagannath remade from his own Telugu blockbuster Badri.
The director would rather not think about his ill-conceived beginning in Bollywood. "Shart was being directed by someone else, then I was brought in later...It just didn't work. I don't really think of Shart as my film. So for all practical purposes Budha will be my Hindi debut."
Ask him to comment on the quality of Wanted, the remake of his blockbuster Pokiri and Jagannath shies away. "Boney is a very good friend of mine," is all the director will say. "Right now my focus is entirely on Budha. We start as soon as Mr. Bachchan allots the dates. Hopefully in April."