Amitabh Bachchan: Film has suddenly lost its charm, everything is digital now

Amitabh Bachchan, who met Oscar-winning filmmaker Christopher Nolan to talk about celluloid films in the digital era, pointed out what was known as the "film industry", where celebrities were "known as "film stars", has now gone out of fashion, thanks to the digital age.

By: IANS | Mumbai | Updated: April 1, 2018 6:36:55 pm
amitabh bachchan talks about modern way of fimmaking Amitabh Bachchan shares his take on the digital era of filmmaking.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who met multiple Oscar-nominated filmmaker Christopher Nolan to talk about celluloid films in the digital era, rues that film has lost its charm due to the growth of digitalisation. “The word film has suddenly lost its charm, for there does not seem to be any need to shoot films on film. It’s all digital now,” Big B wrote on his blog.

He shared his thoughts as he reflected on a roundtable event held to debate and ascertain the importance of film heritage and its preservation. Nolan and visual artist Tacita Dean are here for the fourth edition of Reframing the Future of Film, hosted by Viacom18 in association with the Film Heritage Foundation.

The 75-year-old cine icon pointed out how what was known as the “film industry”, where celebrities were “known as “film stars”, has now gone digital. “So, in the complete absence of that medium and that product, it would be quite in order to call ourselves ‘robotic genes’ or words of similar sound…. ‘digi act’ or ‘digi digi’. Whatever… it would be an issue that would need consideration,” he added.

Amitabh bachchan on Digital film making Amitabh Bachchan with Kamal Haasan at the fourth edition of Reframing the Future of Film. Amitabh bachchan on Digital film making A photo shared by Amitabh Bachchan from the fourth edition of Reframing the Future of Film event. Amitabh bachchan on Digital film making Amitabh Bachchan with Hollywood filmmaker Christopher Nolan. Amitabh bachchan on Digital film making Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan at the fourth edition of Reframing the Future of Film.

Big B also shared some photographs from the event where he met Nolan, who is here along with visual artist Tacita Dean on an invitation from the Film Heritage Foundation to talk about the virtues of shooting on film. He recounted how the early years of film were “a bit restrictive” for the artistes.

“The film stock was the most important and costly product on set, and its most minimum use was the challenge for us. If we made the mistake of asking for another ‘take’ for the betterment of the film, the director, in most cases would reject the idea of a retake.

“He would simply weigh it with commerce and retort, ‘If you want another take, pay for it’.” Big B said while shooting his debut film Saat Hindustani, he was in a “terribly frightful challenge” to give a shot right in the first take as they were working with a limited budget and film stock.

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