Applauding the power of a “darkened hall” that brings people together, Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday pitched cinema as the strongest integrator against systems which divide people on the basis of colour, caste and religion.
“I hope we continue to make films which can bring people together and disintegrate this rather odd system of keeping sides due to colour, caste and religion, bringing us all into one community, making us hold hands together to appreciate our creativity and take a step forward in making this world a peaceful place,” Bachchan said at the inaugural session of the Indian Panorama section during the ongoing 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India.
The Panaroma section at IFFI will have 26 feature films and 15 non-feature films.
“I have always felt that cinema is a universal medium, one that is beyond language and all kinds of factors that keep coming in our social and moral lives. When we sit inside the darkened hall, we never ask for the caste, creed, colour or religion of the person sitting next to us,” Amitabh Bachchan added.
“Yet we enjoy the same films, we sing the same songs, laugh at the same jokes, cry at the same emotions. There are very few mediums left in this fast disintegrating world that can claim such integration,” he said.
The actor also opened up about completing 50 years as an actor, coinciding with IFFI’s golden jubilee year. Amitabh Bachchan made his debut in the 1969 film Saat Hindustani.
“Coming to Goa has always been like coming home. My very first film was shot here. And since then, I have had many opportunities to work in this wonderful place,” Bachchan added, as he recalled the shoot of his first film Saat Hindustani in Goa.
IFFI’s tribute to Amitabh Bachchan’s journey will see the screening of movies like Paa, Sholay, Deewar, Black, Piku and Badla among more.