Megastar Amitabh Bachchan was today back to the city from where he started his celluloid journey, riding a bicycle past the iconic Writers' Building here.
Wearing a loose cap, which covered part of his bearded face and
with a pot belly, Bachchan was shooting for Shoojit Sircar's
upcoming flim 'Piku' which explores father-daughter
While Bachchan will play the role of the father, Deepika
Padukone, who will be teaming up with him for the first time,
will essay the role of his daughter.
The day being a Sunday, the busy B B D Bagh area, which is the
central business district of Kolkata, was deserted and Bachchan
cycled with ease in front of the majestic gothic-styled Writers'
Building. Incidentally, the Writers' Building being a high security
area is a no-cycle zone.
The 72-year-old actor also cycled for a small stretch on the Red
Cross Place which is flanked by imposing colonial buildings on both
sides. As he cycled, dressed in a pink kurta with a blue sweater
over it and sporting a hearing aid, lensmen stood on the roadside
taking his photos.
Sircar, who has to his credits films like 'Vicky Donor'
and 'Madras Cafe', was present throughout the shooting,
which soon attracted a number of spectators.
Bachchan has a long-standing relation with the city as it was
from here that he went to Bollywood. He wrote on Twitter this
morning 'In 'PIKU land' ... !! Too many memories flashing by as the
drive from the airport ends .. but so much more to come in the days
ahead. Kolkata shall always hold a special place and space
within...a 'city of joy' that energises you with intellect and
Bachchan was the chief guest at the annual Kolkata Film Festival
last year and is expected to be present at the inaugural programme
of the festival this year too when its 20th edition begins on
He is likely to attend the programme along with wife Jaya,
daughter-in-law Aishwarya, Shahrukh Khan, Irfan Khan, Deepika
Padukone, Shoojit Sircar and Sujoy Ghosh.