Amitabh Bachchan speaks about Kapil Sharma, the Chopras, the children and Yo Yo Honey Singh.
Kapil Sharma can’t stop raving about your presence on his show. How was that experience?
I see his program often and have enjoyed his show immensely. When asked to promote our film on his show, I did feel it would be a daunting task, but the comfort level that he extends to all his guests along with his team calms apprehensive nerves. I have enjoyed myself thoroughly being on ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’, as I am sure many others have too. He has a great sense of humor and repartee in his own inimitable style. I can only wish him the very best. Had not laughed so much in a long time, as I did on his show.
Another film Bhoothnath Returns is on release. This time your co-star is a child actor.From the time you sang ‘Mere Paas Aao’ in Mr Natwarlal, you’ve shared a very special rapport with your young fans?
‘Child is the Father of man’ said Wordsworth, and not without reason…Yes, working with children has been a wonderful experience. They are unpredictable and spontaneous, completely innovative and a joy to be with. Parth, who plays the little boy in Bhoothnath Returns (BR), is a commensurate performer, a mature artist and the hero of the film. Even seasoned professionals sometimes are unable to convincingly go through the gamut of emotions that this boy has in ‘BR’. He is an exceptional young man.
What was Parth Bhalerao like to work with? How different is it working with a child co-star from an adult co-star?
As I just said, his performance does not look like that of a child. He performs as an adult, mature and confident and full of self-belief, completely uninhibited, a rare quality!
Your association with Mr B R Chopra’s banner goes back to Zameer?
Ravi has been unwell for several years now and bed-ridden. It has been painful to see him in such condition. Not for me or for the film or for any other, I hope that the film does well. It would give him some respite.
How do you manage to keep the faith alive for so many decades?
I think ‘manage’ is a rather harsh word when we talk of relationships. In creative processes what matters is the value of the content, and of course the confidence that each party has on the ability of the other. Ravi Chopra made his directorial debut with Zameer and has remained a friend since then. We may not have worked together for a long time since, but the relationship has been constant. Then when he came with Baghbaan we readily agreed, followed by Baabul and Bhoothnath and now BR.
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