Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Does the legend really need an introduction? Amitabh Bachchan has always encouraged new talent and innovative ideas that are important for films. Recently he launched the Baabul game for the internet. In an exclusive interview, Amitabh Bachchantalks about Baabul and more.
What do you think about the new film promotion ideas like online games?
With new technology coming in and new inventions coming up obviously the marketing strategy has changed. How to present them and to make sure that a large number of people come in to watch films are made and every possible effort that goes into doing that. We are in a world where technology has progressed to a stage where you can access information and play games on mobile phones. If that promotes your film and you get more people to come and watch your movie then I think it's wonderful.
Tell us something about Baabul
Baabul is the story of rehabilitation of a young widow. A young girl in an accident and fate of fortune loses her husband. She is given an opportunity to relive her life on her own. I play a father who has lost his own son yet makes an every effort to see her happy. She is young and her entire life will get ruined if she doesn't re-establish herself. He actually goes out, finds a mate for her and gives her a new life.
Tell us something about your character in this movie.
I am a father-in-law who goes out despite the fact that he has lost his son. He rehabilitates his own daughter-in-law. He is a businessman. They (he and Hema Malini) have a family, they have son and daughter-in-law, a grandchild, an elder brother and a very conservative older family, which is totally opposed to the idea of rehabilitating widows. They have a widow in their own house that goes into the same process of traditional, almost ostracisation that is not liked by my character. I make every effort to encourage the widow to participate in functions, which is opposed by the elder brother. But eventually, how he gets to rehabilitate his own daughter-in-law by finding a mate for her is what the film is about.
How was it working with Ravi Chopra again?
We have been friends for a very long time. I have worked for him when he did his first film Zameer under the BR banner. After a very long gap we did Baghban now we are doing Baabul and there are several other films in the pipeline. So we share a wonderful experience on the set. We are almost of same age. We have daughters and grandchildren so it's wonderful to work in such an atmosphere. We understand each other very well. We give inputs to each other that go into the enhancement of the film.
You have sung for the promotional music video. Tell us something about its music.
Well, I don't know whether it's a music or promotional video. There is a song that I have sung in this film, which is a theme song. They shot a video that we will use for promotion. We have just finished the shooting. Hopefully it will be out soon and you will like it. I like all the seven songs of Baabul.