From ‘Angry young man’ to ‘Angry old man’ – Amitabh’s ‘Buddha Hoga Tera Baap’!

From ‘angry young man’ to ‘angry old man’ – Amitabh’s ‘Buddha Hoga Tera Baap’!

June 14, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work): He took Bollywood by storm as an ‘angry young man’. That was the early ’70s. He was in his early thirties then. Now, almost four decades later, Amitabh Bachchan is back to sizzle Bollywood as the ultimate ‘angry old man!’

Bachchan will turn 70 this year. Sure, he portrays an old, err, a 60-year young senior, who is young at heart and refuses to be labeled “Buddha,” in a joint venture by his home production AB Corporation and Viacom 18 – ‘Buddha Hoga Tera Baap’, but getting older? ‘Buddha Hoga Tera Baap’ – he quips!

In “action-oriented-yet emotional and dramatic, romantic item song-driven film for family audiences,” producer Ram Gopal Verma and director Puri Jagannath have put it all together – Hema Malini, Charmy Kaur, Minnissha Lamba, Sonal Chauhan, Sonu Sood, and not to forget sizzling item number by Raveena Tandon – the "mast mast" girl, arguably the trend setter for “Munnis”, and “Sheilas”. Raveena will challenge all the modern day latkas and matkas as “Chandigarh Di Star” here.

About the subject of the movie, and the character he essays in it – wearing outrageous green glasses and funky, ludicrous, “aesthetically loud” costumes, Bachchan says: “If our choice of subject is the desired choice of the people and the market, so be it”, and green glasses, if the character on the screen requires it, “why not?”

Amitabh did have some concerns regarding action sequence in the flick – age related considerations; but, when time came, he realized that “there were a lot of things” he could still do!

After portraying the father’s role for his own father in “Paa”, Abhishek Bachchan has recorded a number for him in “Buddha…,” and so has Big B – the title song of the flick!

Buddha Hoga Tera Baap is slated to hit the big screens on July 1st.

-- Washington Bangla Radio / Pen Men at Work