Big B and others

Big B and others

Rajan Singh08 May 2008

The doyen of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan is facing attack from all quarters these days. In a span of few months there has been a barrage of blows on him, both from the political arena as well as the film fraternity.

The doyen of Indian cinema Amitabh Bachchan is facing attack from all quarters these days. In a span of few months there has been a barrage of blows on him, both from the political arena as well as the film fraternity. First it was MNS supremo Raj Thakeray who made it clear in no uncertain terms that despite having lived in a Marathi bastion for so many years Amitabh Bachchan has done nothing for the Marathi culture and for its people and its high time he did something for. True to his filmi image Big B was ready with a repartee and declared what Raj had said as pure hogwash.

And last week it was Mr. Bachchans own fraternity, which pounced at him. First it was ace director Anurag Basu who declared in a film gossip magazine that the era of Big B was over and he should retire gracefully. Big B was quick to retaliate that the last time something similar was said by two people. "The journo who had written off my career is dead now and the director quit his profession long back," quipped Bachchan. And last week it was Salim Khans turn, the famous film writer form the 70s who had penned some memorable dialogues for the actor himself.

So the question that boils down to the basics is that why is the doyen of the industry being attacked from all the quarters? Is it because of the silences he maintains or is it because that he has made into the list of unwanted people of few from the industry? Jumping to Raj Thakeray - its a clear cut case of hogging the limelight by attacking a soft target. Since the time MNS came into inception Raj had done nothing, which could match his predecessors acts read Udhav and Bala Sahib. The defeat in municipal elections actually made him think hard and thus the barrage of attacks.

With Salim Khan it was known to everyone that he never shared good vibes with Amitabh Bachchan unlike his better half writer duo Javed Akhtar. For many years the two had not even interacted with each other. Could this be blamed on Salmans failure in love and the frustration that stemmed from the ignominious media stunts his son Arbaaz and daughter-in-law Malaika Arora Khan displayed few weeks back - all over money. The real reason might never come to the forefront and these could only be the analogies individuals can assume but one thing is for sure that frustration over a period of time might have prompted Salim Khan to throw verbal volleys on the Shehanshah of Bollywood.

Anurag Basus case look pretty strange. The very first thing that strikes about Basu is that can he ever say such a thing? People, who know Anurag, will vouch for his jolly good behaviours and his refrain from such gimmicks. Anurag Basu is just not known to attack people in this fashion. His behaviour could be accounted from an entirely different perspective, those of an ardent Big B fan. Anurag Basu has reasons to say so. Having grown up with sheer masterpieces like Zanjeer, Sholay, Kaala Patthar, Namak Halal, Deewar, Majboor and now the burden to bear films like Eklavya, RGV Ki Aag, Nishabd can surely be a matter of concern for a diehard Bachchan fan and the same logic can be applied for Anurag Basu too. His agony is more like that of a fan whose idol has undergone a change. He is now no more the image he used to be.

And amidst all these the repartee that Big B has been resorting to is surely a new phenomenon. Now with his own blog things have become easier for him. At the click of his mouse he can now tackle anyone, which was not the case a month back. One strange thing, which could be seen in the present scenario, is that now Amitabh Bachchan has become more vocal and his replies are terser. In case of Anurag Basu, the best thing he could have done is to maintain the silence he is known for but instead the manner in which he replied back was just not befitting for a person of Mr. Bachchans stature. His comments were much more acidic though seasoned in his trademark "politically correct" style.

Mr. Bachchan has reached that stage of his career where his name in the annals of history is certified. By reacting to everything he is only giving others an opportunity to give back more. Lets not forget the fact amidst everything the so called "attackers" too have a point of view, while some have their political reasons to do so, others just cannot perceive him to be the old Amitabh Bachchan. His proximity to his political friend Amar Singh could be another reason for others towards his hatred. For many Amar Singh is someone with whom a distance should be maintained and thus the close proximity between the two can certainly be an eye sore to lakhs of Amitabh fans. They just cannot see the fact that its more of personal relationship. But fans cannot be blamed for this; they are fans and will forever remain so. Amitabh is God for his ardent fans and the only suggestion, which befits him at this stage, is that before doing anything or making anything he should think of the million fans that were instrumental in making him what he is today. And yes the glory of 70s should be brought back which Basu has grieved about.

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