Monday, November 2, 2009

He is a competent actor: Amitabh Bachchan

Mumbai: For decades, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan have been the biggest entertainers of the Indian film industry as both enjoy envious popularity not only in India, but across the globe. On SRK's 44th birthday, the iconic Amitabh Bachchan, who has seen SRK's rise to stardom and his attainment of the larger than life King Khan stature, agreed to share his experiences of working with the energetic actor.
"I have told him on many an occasion that I liked him immensely in Swades and in portions of Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. In the former, it was his effortless ease that was impressive; in the latter, the competence with which he was able to bring positivity to an otherwise somewhat negative character," Big B told DNA in an exclusive interview about SRK, his co-star in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, Mohabbatein, and Bhoothnath.

"Everyone who has worked with me is special for me -- and for the project that I work in. Shah Rukh and I have worked on several projects together and he, like all others, has been special in them. It would be wrong of me to put one up against another. There is a relaxed intensity about him on set. He is well prepared, as all should be, and a considerate colleague."

And what does the legend think is SRK's biggest strength? "His biggest strength is that he is a competent actor. With that as your basic quality, it is not difficult to overcome any challenge that may come to test him," he adds.

Amitabh himself has entertained generations for over 40 years now, a career span that has seen close to 180 movies. Ask him if he has any advice for SRK, who is set to complete 20 years in Bollywood, and Bachchan says, "I am least qualified to give any advice. What he is doing now is sufficient to sustain him and his career, since he already has accomplished the feat, if it can be called that, of entertaining generations."


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