Will Amitabh Bachchan’s Hollywood gamble pay off?

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann says he is “honoured” to be collaborating with Amitabh Bachchan for The Great Gatsby and adds that he has been influenced by the actor’s work, especially Sholay, which introduced him to Indian cinema. “I am personally thrilled that one of the world’s great screen legends, Amitabh Bachchan, is joining the cast. Over the years, Amitabh’s films have made a tremendous impression on my life and work. His film Sholay was my introduction to Indian cinema,” Luhrmann said over email. “With the pivotal role of Wolfsheim, we (Amitabh and I) have found the collaboration. I couldn’t be happier. I know that Amitabh is doing this from the point of the quality of Fitzgerald’s text, the tremendous cast, and, most importantly, as a gesture of good will and friendship. I’m honoured to have him on board.” said the director. We are excitedly looking forward to this one.