R. Balki and Amitabh Bachchan‘s much anticipated third outing Shamitabh turned out to be a box-office disaster. But, they are all set to collaborate the fourth time for yet another clutter-breaking film, a la Cheeni Kam, Paa and Shamitabh.
Speaking on director R. Balki’s insistence that Shamitabh was a homage to the Bachchan voice, Amitabh Bachchan protests, “Shamitabh was no such homage to my voice. It was an element of the voice in the story of the film that was projected. My voice is no great shakes to be paid homage to. I will not accept that.”
Amitabh Bachchan graciously accepts Shamitabh‘s failure. “The film has not done well at the box office because the audience did not like it, period! For me, my work is the most enjoyable and comforting experience. Challenges are there in each project that I have done and shall continue to be so. Shamitabh has been as challenging as Paa or any other film that I have worked in. And working with Balki is a joy, simply because he keeps challenging me with roles that I may never have done before.”
Big B is grateful to micro-blogging sites for constant feedback on his films and performances. “Twitter followers have been large and I am most grateful to those that contribute to the platform. It has given me an opportunity to express myself to the others and to take back their expressions. It has been most rewarding.”
So would Amitabh Bachchan consider Shamitabh a turning point in his career? “Every film has been a turning point of my career. I have no idea what the future has in store. That will have to come from the writers and directors,” shoots off the iconic actor.