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The Hindi film industry lost a great actor, Om Puri, on January 6th. The veteran actor was famous for delivering spell-binding performances in Hindi movies as well as in various British films.
Amitabh Bachchan, who came for his late friend's 'chautha' along with his son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai, recently told Bollywood Life how it felt like to attend Om Puri's funeral.
Emotional Big B Talks About Om Puri
''Life's suddenness astounds us all. He was a friend, an affable, loving colleague, a dynamic talent... now lost... just like that... in a whisper that invaded our modern communication system. I went to his cremation. And at the crematorium, the flashes of the night cameras, blinding the path to the bereaved family, were in existence, too. Of their profession, that is their most important chore for the day.''
''At that moment, my main concern was to hold my friend's son in an embrace and transfer strength to him in his young world. Not much to be said to an 18-year old who has lost his father. ‘Be strong', is all I could muster. What else could I say? What else can anyone say? They have lost personally and in relation, shall bear the end, with greater sorrow. I stood in silence, head to the ground, the other condoling visitors, stood, too.''
Amitabh Bachchan On His Films Pink, Wazir & Te3n
''All the films were challenging and gave me opportunities to play different roles. It's the norm now with me and my select offerings from prospective producers.''
Pink Was Most Impressive In Its Issue
"I would like to believe that every film I did had an influence - good or bad was for the audiences to decide. Pink was, topical and most impressive in its issue and left the nation with its most dynamic tagline: "No means NO"!''
''Its critical and commercial success lent credence to what the story had set out to do, and I am proud to have been a small part of it."
How Dangerous The World Has Become For Women
"It was gratifying to be able to put across, in a most succinct manner, the turmoil and trauma that women in our country are subjected to and to have subtly brought to the foreground, thoughts and beliefs that were most probably discussed behind closed doors.''
''While a film like Pink addresses the issue of sexual violation, an incident as shameful as the mass molestation during New Year's Eve comes along to remind us of how dangerous the world has become for women."
In the same interview, Amitabh Bachchan was asked, ''What is the solution to the rapid rise in sexual attacks?'' To which he said, ''They should all take example from Pink and repeatedly view it. Pink is the answer.''
On the work front, Amitabh Bachchan will be seen in The Thugs of Hindostan, which is said to be inspired by Nicholas Cage's Matchstick Men. The movie also stars Aamir Khan and this is the first time Aamir and Big B will share the screen.
Thugs Of Hindostan is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya, who previously helmed Dhoom 3. The film is slated to release on Diwali, 2018.