Big B shares some Van Gogh wisdom amid the shattering loss of two of his exceptional co-stars
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: The last two days of April were heavily resentful on Hindi Film Industry as it lost two of its finest superstars barely within a span of 24-hours – Irrfan Khan and Rishi Kapoor. The superstar of the millennium Amitabh Bachchan, who co-starred with both of them over the course of his eventful career, is shattered and taken aback by the whole alacrity of the situation – but yet, "Grief will never leave us but it's time to be positive," Bachchan says.
Amitabh Bachchan, who is terrifically saddened by the loss of a dear friend Rishi Kapoor and exceptional co-star Irrfan Khan, is trying to cheer up everyone on the social media, because as Bachchan reemphasized, ‘the show must go on’.
Sharing a funny scene from Manmohan Desai’s ‘Amar Akbar Anthony’ (1977) in which Anthony (Bachchan) can be seen talking to his reflection in the mirror. Amitabh reminisced the process of shooting that scene at RK Studios, where he was also shooting ‘Parvarish’ with Manmohan Desai, Vinod Khanna and Amjad Khan.
Quoting Dutch Artist Van Gogh, Amitabh said, "Van Gogh's final words were: 'This sadness will last forever. La tristesse durera toujours'... Grief will never leave us .. but it's time to be positive ... Time to bring the laughter back... Time for the adage 'the show must go on'."
Amitabh Bachchan then went back the memory lane and came out with a wonderful switch-the-shoot happenings of that era.
"Scene shot for Amar Akbar Anthony at RK Studios, floor 3. Manmohan Desai director... we were shooting 2 films simultaneously .. Parvarish and Amar Akbar Anthony... both in RK Studios... first on floor 1, a climax action with Vinod Khanna, Amjad Khan and me... And this scene with me on floor 3... Manmohan ji said to me, 'You rehearse this mirror scene main zara us floor pe shot lekar aata hoon'... but when he came back, I had already done the scene and shot it with the assist, a basic idea given by Kader Bhai (Kader Khan)... rest is all impromptu, ad-lib , one take! When Man ji (Manmohan Desai) came back to this set, he was surprised that his asst. Anil Nagrath and I had done it... he commented, ' Aye, barabar kiya hai na scene... thok to nahi diya?' Man ji finally saw the scene a month later - it used to take time to process develop the print in those times... he saw it at the mini-trial theatre at Ranjit Studios, where we were shooting the climax of Amar Akbar Anthony," he added.
Manmohan Desai was so amazed by Bachchan’s sheer brilliance that he declared that every film he’ll direct will have Bachchan as the star, until of course, if Amitabh says no.
"After seeing it, we sat on the steps of the office in the studio and he said to me, 'Lalla! You are going to work in every film of mine that I make until you say no! Those were the days!"
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'Van Gogh’s final words were: this sadness will last forever. la tristesse durera toujours ..’ mailed to me by dear friend Siddharth across the street .. ! .. grief will never leave us .. but time to be positive .. time to bring the back .. time for the adage ‘the show must go on’ .. Scene shot for AmarAkbarAnthony at RK Studios fl 3 , ManMohan Desai director .. we were shooting 2 films simultaneously .. PARVARISH and AAA .. both in RK Studios .. first on fl 1, a climax action with Vinod , Amjad and me .. and this scene with me on fl 3 .. Man ji said to me, you rehearse this mirror scene ‘main zara us floor pe shot lekar aata hoon’ .. but when he came back I had already done the scene and shot it with the ASST., .. a basic idea given by Kader Bhai .. rest is all impromptu , ad lib , one take .. !! When Man ji came back to this set he was surprised that his asst., Anil Nagrath and I had done it .. he commented ‘ aye, barabar kiya hai na scene .. thok to nahi diya ..’ !! Man ji finally saw the scene a month later - it used to take time to process develop the print in those times .. he saw it at the mini trial theatre at Ranjit Studios, where we were shooting the climax of AAA .. after seeing it we sat on the steps of the Office in the Studio and he said to me .. ‘Lalla ! you are going to work in every film of mine that I make, until you say NO’ !!! Those were the days !!!
Big B has Ayaan Mukherji anthology ‘Brahmastra’ lined up for shoot and release, but the entertainment world too has stalled its work in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. His other releases that are in the pipeline include Rumi Jaffery’s ‘Chehre’ alongside Emraan Hashmi and Nagraj Manjule’s sports-drama ‘Jhund’.
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