Big B, Amitabh Bachchan, is a man that I admire a lot. I have not really been influenced so much by his acting skills or his movies as much as his character. Though there are some movies of his which I’ve enjoyed immensely and I thought his characterization and performance were particularly good in Sholay, Chupke Chupke, Anand and Satte Pe Satta. (Note that I am not a movie buff and haven’t watched all his movies. There may be better movies of his which I’ve missed). What I like him for and what I am enamored by is that he’s a guy who seems to blend sophistication and simplicity with so much ease that it is almost unbelievable. He has an air of dignity and humility, all at the same time! He’s a bundle of nicely amalgamated paradoxes. And, methinks, that’s so difficult to achieve!
Maybe, I’ve posted this before, but I wouldn’t mind saying it again - The first time I was actually impressed was when he said this about his son, Abhishek Bachchan, when asked by an interviewer as to whether he was worried about Abhishek’s image of being a silent and ‘unaware’ person - “I’d rather my son be an ignorant (read ‘a person who doesn’t understand politics’) person than a cheap and cunning fellow!” To add to this, it is inspiring to realize that he is now living his second life or perhaps third life after the famous freak fire accident earlier in his career and of course his well-known losses in business, after an interim retirement from acting, a decade or so ago. It’s amazing how nature has rewarded him for his patience and resilience by getting Bollywood to actually create new movies FOR him - REVOLVING around a man his age and makeup, when there are so many young heroes struggling to make a mark! Life is wonderful and stunning in its methods!