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The Bbuddah speaks…again

Anything can happen in Hindi cinema – there will be flowers that touch, trees that wait to be run around, chorus lines that spontaneously sing and dance and a whole big police force that dashes in j

By | Updated: July 6, 2011 12:07 pm
The Bbuddah speaks…again

Amitabh Bachchan is no stranger in the West. But sometimes he needs to explain just what he does for a living…

Anything can happen in Hindi cinema – there will be flowers that touch, trees that wait to be run around, chorus lines that spontaneously sing and dance and a whole big police force that dashes in just when the villains are all beaten down and ready to give up. In all this, over four decades, one person has been there, done it, worn the T-shirt and handed it down to his son, with an amazing degree of success: Amitabh Bachchan. He described his working world to an international television channel recently: “We have a bit of everything. When people go to get entertained, they go to see a bit of music and dance and drama. Our films have a lot of escapism.” And he also explained that “Indian audiences don’t want to go inside a theatre to be educated. They want to go in for entertainment.” But there has been a change over the past few years, the Big B insists, and “We are all trying to improve on our quality of films and I’m very happy to see the younger generation not being afraid to go out and search for the best technology available in the West.” But what our own audiences want is total timepass fun, but with the age-old lessons of virtue and morality, where good wins over evil, the heroine is pure and the hero is valiant, the bad guys end…well…badly, and family is the cornerstone of every existence. And almost always, says Amitabh, “The (films) that will really work big are still the ones that will be closely identified with our culture and with our morals and our ethics.”

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