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May 1, 2008

Amitabh Bachchan Blogs

Kaveetaa Kaul

Big B Blogs!!! Bunderful!! Sorry could not resist the temptation to alliterate ‘the Big B’ 🙂

I have read most of AB’s blogs and quite simply .. I am impressed. The impeccable choice of words, control over his language, no imminent show of disrespect although make no mistake ..he is mincing no words when he wants to hit out… yet never does he offend.

Artful!

I wonder if that has to do with the fact that he is a Libran ( mostly balanced folks) or that he is savvy enough to have an enviable vocabulary coupled with the intelligence to pick correctly. A mix of both I would think.

Talking of ‘pick’ ..He has ‘chun chun ke’ given it to media which has wronged him. ..the TOI, electronic channels, gossip magazines and what have you. But honestly, his veraciousness comes across strongly. Not just that, you begin to actually symapathise with him..and I had to catch myself from getting depressed.

C’mon…I said to meself.. one doesnt feel sorry for AB!!! He has everything in the world going for him!! What more can a man ask for??

But If one were to ask him , it would seem ..plenty, yet!! He seems quite miserable and hurt. That got me to think. Every man has a cross to bear. We only imagine the grass to be greener on the other side..but only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.

If that be the case why do we run after temporary material things? Nothing comes for free.Ask AB!!The price tag may be one which demands a piece of your life and peace of your mind!!

So..from today no cribbing.. I am gonna have a smile all over my face at all times. Even in the presence of those who are Devil Incarnate!! All I have to do is remember..AB can also be miserable.They didnt spare him either!!

Just thinking aloud.. Will he ever run out of material that bespeaks of how the press has harangued his views and mutilated his words?? An ill deserved democratic press is the bane of a developing society or rather an impediment to anything that suggests positive progress.

I concur.. he has all the right to defend his name and his integrity in the face of spineless journalists and gossippers who leave him no rest. Who use him to spice up their pages and their bytes, add life to their lifeless tele stories uncaringly, ruthlessly and viciously. Looks like the media is getting it back now..tables have turned and HOW!! I love it!

Does this automatically translate into MSm now going legit? Will they now print/publish/telecast only genuine stuff? Will sensationalism get to be thing of the past? Will blackmailing publishers now find themselves left lonely, forlorn, loveless and powerless in their built on blood and tears ( others) Ivory Tower?

Hmm..looks like it. Somebody commented on my blog a while back. Anyone who has a keyboard is a publisher. Now AB has one and soon all celebrities will follow and then the game is over..wow!!

yet..

reminds me of the line ‘ I cried because I had no shoes till I saw a child who had no feet”

kabhi kisiko muqammal jahaan nahin milta..

kahin zameen to kahin aasmaan nahin milta.


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  1. […] IN 女人 – Women, Fashions and Style – Women, Fashions and Style added an interesting post on Big B Blogs!Here’s a small excerpt […]

    Pingback by Media Districts Entertainment Blog » Big B Blogs! — May 1, 2008 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Kaveetaa! … i haven’t read the blog ..but after reading ur take i want 2…plz give the URL of the blog..

    Comment by Laxmi — May 1, 2008 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

  3. Hi Laxmi ..the sole reason why I hadnt inserted the link was because I’d imagined half the universe was reading it 🙂

    Anyways here it is :

    http://blogs.bigadda.com/ab/

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — May 1, 2008 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

  4. Kav

    All else being equal, do you not think that he is making mockery of himself by lashing out so frequently ? Frankly, he showed very little class by dragging the lovely Raveena Tandon into an issue, which had nothing to do with her. Why humiliate that poor angel? As it turns out, even in that skimmerish, it is Mr. Sinha who walked away looking liking a wordsmith, while the Big Bad Bachchan appears to have opened his mouth to put his foot in. The battles with Anurag Basu (India’s very own Alejandro González Iñárritu) and Salim Khan were bad enough, but now the new one with Khalid Mohamed is just pathetic.

    Needless to say, I lost all respect for Big B by the time the law abiding Vijay of Salim-Javed’s Zanjeer turned into a Child Molester Vijay of RGV’s Nisabdh. After eroding the legacy that was so lovingly gifted to him by Mrs Indira Gandhi, Big is now bent on shredding the remaining vestiges of his dignity. Like Salim Khan, I too think Big B is under the wrong influence. He is getting the wrong advice.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — May 12, 2008 @ 9:43 pm | Reply

  5. One feels the bad discourse by Raj Thackeray has put Big B in an uncomfortable position. As a defence mechanism Big B is launching a tirade in the net . Once a person has reached such great heights, he or she should not stoop to self defend by netizing other personalities.
    This psychological net banter over politicians diatribe should be discarded. as GB Shaw rightly said ” Politics is the art of the possible and impossible”.

    Comment by gajanan — May 13, 2008 @ 7:38 am | Reply

  6. Gajanan Sahab

    It is very possible that strong arm politics has spooked Big B, but when you live by the Amar Singh sword you die by the sword. Hence, perhaps (i.e. second possibility) Big B’s is in a self destruct mode because “Boodha Satya Gaya Hai” (one of those senior moment phases). Finally it could be that this is the true Big B, a rascal to the core. I bet my chips on the third possibility, not surprisingly I find the Gandhi family, the Mehmood Ali family, the Prakash Mehra family, the Parveen Babi family, the Ajitabh Bachchan family et all also betting with me.

    As has been said, give a man enough rope and he will hang himself. Big B is demonstrating to the world the “art of hanging one’s self”

    Comment by Shaan Khan — May 13, 2008 @ 5:51 pm | Reply

  7. Shaan..once again..you seem to lose your equanimity and poise with just the mention of Big B. Dont please. Either you share the reason for your extreme anger against the Bachchans or then like they say ‘ Hold your peace forever”.

    I am totally in consonance with all of AB’s battles. Not one of those you have mentioned are to me undeserved of the response they elicited from him.And if basu is Inarritu then what can I say :)Ab is a legend and nobody in their senses ought to pass a detrimental remark about him without cause especially not someone from the fraternity.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — May 13, 2008 @ 9:47 pm | Reply

  8. Gajanan ji, The tirade as you refer to it is not just against RT..in fact his mention is hardly worth the mention in Ab’s blog. But it is more a break free kind of lashing out at the media after endless years of having been misquoted, maligned, defamed at the whim of a green eared journo or an inimical publisher. Believe me it can get pretty infuriating. Somehow keeping ones dignity is no longer on the agenda when ones dignity is almost at the mercy of just about anyone who wields a pen.

    I think it is truly grand of AB to have decided to repay in their own coin, in a language and manner far better than even those for who writing is a profession.If it gives him pleasure to hit back at those who merely for the excuse that he is a celebrity think they ca hold him or any other public figure to ransom then it is high time this heavy handedness receives a stunning blow. And who better than Ab to put them in their place and draw public attention to the extent the media can and does blackmail celebrities for often no personal harm caused to them but just as a matter of evil delight.Somehow, I am in absoulute agreement with ALL that i have read on his blog so far. Have not had the inclination to comment there..it would be meaningless.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — May 13, 2008 @ 9:59 pm | Reply

  9. Kav

    I understand that you like him. But, I hope you realize that a lot of people (and for a very long time) have been saying exactly what Anurag Basu has said. Khalid Mohamed too was in his own way saying just that. I agree that Anurag Basu should not have been “so honest”. Unfortunately in this information age, such things have a way of getting out into the public arena. Big B should have shown some class by either ignoring it or just throwing some humor at it (I know one mega super star, the very best star actor that Bollywood has seen, who would have done just that). It is the disproportionate and nasty viciousness in Big B’s response that has stunned most people. Also the fact that while responding to Shatrugan Sinha he dragged Raveena (an unrelated and innocent party) through mud has got a lot of people upset. I am reminded to a dialogue that Naseem Banu delivers in Shorab Modi’s “Sheesh Mahal”, “If God has given you the privilege of residing in Sheesh Mahal, then please acquire the etiquettes worthy of such a blessing”. Perhaps Anurag Basu was right after all, “Since Big B cannot take the heat, then he should get out of the kitchen”.

    For a moment I ask you to forget about Shatrugan Sinha, Anurag Basu, Salim Khan and Khalid Mohamed. For a moment let us accept that they are morons. Let us also accept that they are wrong. Now even after that there is no justification for Big B’s behavior.

    Let me try to explain in a different manner. I know of other public figures first hand who are in their chosen fields recognized as the best in the world. They blog too (without appology etc). But knowing the state of the medium. Knowing the unlimited creative license that blogging provides, they dare not dilute their dignity by blogging under their own real name. It feels great to say things that one cannot say in normal life. It feels great to retaliate with impunity. But it is at an expense. Big B will pay a price for his trash talk. More critics will target him because it is more fun to beat up a cry baby. Big B’s responses is good TV now, but at Big B’s expense.

    Hence I say, Big B who was already hemorrhaging his legacy (due to poor acting and bad BO performance) is now making a mockery of himself (due to blogging). All I am asking is for you to consider the truth in my position.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — May 14, 2008 @ 1:22 am | Reply

  10. Shaan,

    Big B may not be acting well as he used to do before.. and he may have lost his charishma..But i feel retiring should be his personal choice as he is an artist after all.. So people like basu and khalid are no body to tell him what to do.. Suppose basu produces 2-3 flop movies and someone tells him to go away, then I am sure he will react the same way.. Apart from that, Over the years, Our media has consistently used bachchan to make some quick money on fabricated stories.. Had this been west, someone could have filed defamation cases against the media.. But In India, things are different.. Eg:- French media was targetting carla bruni ruthlessly and one reporter published a fabricated story.. Next day sarkozy threatened him with a defamation suit and that reporter apologized.. In India, the court cases drag on years so our media think they are above all.. I had respect for Times of India for responsible journalism but after reading bachchan’s comments, I could see that they are also the same lot as NDTV and CNN-IBN except that may be they use more polished language.. So It was needed to stop them somewhere and I feel amitabh is giving a befitting reply to them.. Also finally he will be recognized for his work.. The blog is just his thoughts..

    Comment by Rajeev — May 14, 2008 @ 5:21 pm | Reply

  11. Rajeev

    Anurag Base was expressing his frustration as a fan. Forget Basu, the Alejandro González Iñárritu of India, that was just Basu the fan. Do you not think at the VERY LEAST, Big B with his disproportionate and vicious remark lost one fan (i.e. Basu) ? The truth is that Big B lost a whole segment of fans. Unfortunately, all Basu did was to blurt out (in a moment of weakness) that the “Emperor has no clothes anymore”.

    I agree that it is Big B’s decision. He should carry on as long as he pleases, but the writing is on the wall. As Don Bradman (famous Australian Cricket) once said, “It is better to quit when people ask you why, then to carry on and have people ask you why”.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — May 14, 2008 @ 7:16 pm | Reply

  12. Shaan..this isnt a cricket match and he isnt part of a team to perform.The choice is yours..you dont want to see his films, dont. But nobody has the right to ask/request/suggest/insinuate that he quit.

    As far as I’m concerned i know that all his films are what they are because of his towering performance..irrespective of the fate at the BO. His contribution is consistent and he never fails to deliver.

    I think his blogs are a lesson in diplomacy and wit and are a pleasure to read. Bravo Amit ji..keep at it!!

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — May 14, 2008 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

  13. Rajeev..yes you make a valid point of defamation suits. This is the sole CRITERIA THAT MAKES THE MEDIA BOLDER AND UNCARING. JUST HOW DRIVEN ARE THEY BY CONVICTION WILL BE APPARENT IF LAWS ARE ALTERED IN FAVOR OF THE VICTIM. How I look forward to the day!!

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — May 14, 2008 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  14. Kav

    How does Bollywood not being cricket change anything ? We all have our fifteen minutes of fame. We rise and shine during that fifteen minutes (some have 70 minutes, aka sattar minit 🙂 but, the same applies), but when it is over, it is over. Look at Al Gore, he made a mockery of himself and America by not quitting when it was clear that the Presidential race was over. As we discuss this Hillary Clinton is doing the same. Now, you as a fan have a right to desire that Big B continue even at the expense of his disappearing dignity. While Anurag Basu, also a fan, has a right to say “enough is enough, I cannot take it anymore”. Ofcourse at the end of the day the call has to be made by Big B, after all it is his legacy at stake here.

    But having said that I just wanted some clarification, when you say “his films are what they are because of his towering performance” are you including, Boom, Hum Kaun Hai, Dil Jo Bhi Kahe, JBJ, Aag, Bhoot Uncle etc etc also ? Say it ain’t so, …. please

    Comment by Shaan Khan — May 15, 2008 @ 12:04 am | Reply

  15. AB’s outbusrt is clearly psychological. He has never been so vocal in his outbursts , pre RT comments. AB’s blog was started after RT’s remarks.

    Indian govt. is below par in governance. RT and his men should have asked the central govt to pay more to Mumbai for contributing to national exchequer. Even if the central govt returns the tax paid by Mumbaikars , as developmental money it would be a great contribution. Instead of this he choose to be politically correct and caustic in reality.

    RT should have asked all actors to contribute to Mumbai or Maharashtra. For example most of the actors and actresses are not from Mumbai. They can easily live like Wareen Buffet in Omaha and do a lot for Mumbai. In fact they can run a massive NGO body for health care , free or low cost for the slums in Mumbai. It is the film crazy people that treats them like Gods and it is Mumbai which has made them into Gods. So why not return to the community in Mumbai or Maharashtra. One cannot understand why RT picked on AB only. May be to corner AB politically. Yes and he has reacted. Suddenly you find his chamiyas becoming hypercritical about him. This is really black in the dhal.

    I used to have Prof in Mumbai, who was educated in US in the 40’s. He was a devout Roman Catholic. I used to walk with him to station after college. He used to tell me and my friends in Anthony Gonsalves language. ” Apun saab , western log ka accha habits nahi leta. Agar west me ek actor ne badha Ghar liya with swimming pool. Humko bhi idhaar uska jaisa leenaka” Yeh log ko maloom hona chahiye ki Mumbai me Jagah kidhar hai. Yeh log ko maloom hona chahiye ki woh log bahut deta bhi hai. NGO body run karthe hai. Sometimes University ko bhi actors aur actresses bahut endowments dete hai” Then he used to shake his head and say ” Yeh saab wrong hai”.

    I fully agree with my Prof ” We learn all the bad things from West and forget to do all good things done by them”.

    Comment by gajanan — May 15, 2008 @ 5:42 am | Reply

  16. About AB quitting. In cinema you have examples of Harrison Ford (1942) 66 yrs old doing Indiana Jones again with full of gusto and verve.

    Sean Connery who performed when old. Here from Wikepadeia. Very nicely he has jadodified Hollyood. Retired when 75.

    “About a month before his 75th birthday, over the weekend of July 30/31, 2005, it was reported that he had decided to retire from film making following disillusionment with the “idiots now in Hollywood”, and the turmoil making (and subsequent box office failure of) the 2003 film The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”

    Peter O’Toole (1932) His performance in Lawrence of Arabia cannot be matched , but no awards. Kuch bad politics tha.

    Agar Gorasahib can do , why cant AB do . Kya Gora hi yeh saab kaar sakhtha hai. Hum kisise kya kum hai, Nahi , Hum Kisise Kum Nahi Bhidu , Hindi picture style ek dialogue ho jaye.

    I am no fan of AB or anybody, but just shooting from the hip is no good.

    Comment by gajanan — May 15, 2008 @ 12:23 pm | Reply

  17. Lawrence of Arabia came in 1962
    Peter O’ Toole opposed Vietnam war in 1960 (wikpaedia)
    Oscar kyo nahi mila LOA ko for PeterOT

    Lawrence of Arabia 1960 ka baad aaya. So easy to conclude. Why you opposed Vietman war , no Oscar for you.

    So, you see rajnithi saab jaga hai.

    Only West me it is very spohisticated like the late Ajit would say ” Yeh agar bas nahi kartha , isko Oscar bhi nahi milna chahiye”.

    Comment by gajanan — May 15, 2008 @ 12:53 pm | Reply

  18. Gajanan

    When the YRF studios and Red Chillies studios of Hollywood start giving insignificant roles to Harrison Ford then he has two choices, preserve his legacy, or walk down the slippery spiral into the lizard’s hole. For Harrison Ford too the writing is almost on the wall, therefore he is not as active as he used to be. Fortunately he still has some vestiges of his former glory intact and top producers & directors are still pursuing him. Compare that to Big B, he has steadily eroded his legacy. After that yeast infection dance of his in JBJ where he gingerly and delicately moved his hips with so much apparent pain, I think it is over. Given a choice of taking the path of Dilip Kumar or alternatively the path of Ashok Kumar, Big B chose to set the record on Dev Anand’ path to irrelevancy. Ofcourse the blog accelerates that and adds mockery too.

    BTW I know a little about Sean Connery (second hand but still real experience). God forbid if he is a neighbor.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — May 15, 2008 @ 5:46 pm | Reply

  19. http://www.aamirkhan.com/blog.htm

    This is interesting. Looks like the Hindi flim dialogues have sneaked into blogs. “Kutta, Mikkamma…..Kaamena ” Aaab aayega Mazaa

    Comment by gajanan — May 16, 2008 @ 5:31 am | Reply

  20. Imaginary musings

    Scene

    Ajit dressed in full white and yellow tie with white shoes comes into the room and there is pin drop silence. He looks at Shetty and Shetty shakes his head with a smile and says Kaam hogya boss.

    Ajit immediately says Paani ke Bina Machiliya Kaisi Tadap rahi hai” Yeh saab Phools hai, sare ke sare. Yeh saab ek zamane me tu tu mai mai nahi kaar saake aamne samne. Kya zamana aagaya, web me ladh rahe hai”

    Enter Gabbar Singh , with his rugged look.

    Ajit ” Welcome !!! Welcome Gabbar!!! Meri Gaali kyo aana hua”

    Gabbar : “Kitne web hai”

    Ajit looks at Manmohan . Manmohan looks at Mona.

    Mona ” Ek web , aur anek web sites”

    Keshto Mukerji interuppts ” B00!! Boo!! Ek Bhagwan anek roop”

    Ajit ” Gabbar will you have drink ” in style with his boots shining to glory. Gabbar asks for Nimbu Paani.

    Then they discuss about the web. Gabbar becomes emotional and says ” Rathko Jaab sare duniya sota hai, tab unka secy kahata hai, Beta aab acting math karo, blog karo. Then he raises his voice and aays ” Phir saab ki shaan ki baan web me mila di gawah”

    Ajit ” Choo!!! Choo!! Yeh saab ke saab chote bache jaise hai. Yaad hai Mona , jaab hum ek chori karne gaye tho waha ek kintergarden tha. us ko paar karne humne un baccho ko kahi Khilona diya tha. Kya enthusiasm thi un bacho me aur humne chori kitni aasinise kaar dali.

    Manmohan ” Boss , you are right , very right.
    Yeh web bhi aaisa hi hai , ek khilona jaisa, paar we cannot do dakaithi like you did in that picture”

    Gabbar gives a loud laugh “Pasand hai!!! Pasaand Hai. Mujhe yeh aadmi ka bolna pasand hai” Sholay me humne kacchi goliya nahi kheli , paar yeh log aab sachhi web se khel rahe hai”

    Ajit : Hamahe time nahi waste karna hai. Robert we require your wisdom on this.

    Robert cannot talk as he has taken severe pasting on his tongue when he tried to rob halwa from a halwa shop. The owner poured some hot halwa on his tongue and he lost his speech. Robert talks in sign language, which is transliterated by Ajit

    ” This is a new khilona , a tool for the film istars. Paisa hai, time bhi hai. When not acting , they are reacting on the web” Competition bhi hai, quality nahi, music bhi hai, lyrics nahi. Quality nahi , tho kya kare ek ek ko jado web me. Yeh chalta rahega. Ha ek baat hai, yeh non-violent hai, web me jadna. Aaab yeh naya silsila hai. Dekho , how many will start this. Number badhegi aur maaza aayega. Ajit stops Robert. Gabbar wants ro return.

    Gabbar says ” aab I am modern , I will drive myself. Tuk duk tuk duk days gaye”

    Ajit says ” Alvida” Gabbar nods and says ” email jaroor , paar blog nahi huzoor”

    Ajit ” Gabbarki shaan uski jubaan
    I will email meherbaan “

    Comment by gajanan — May 16, 2008 @ 8:45 am | Reply

  21. Kaveetaji
    Your blog can be accessed via google only by typing sachiniti in google . Directly typing on the web your web site seems to be a problem.

    Comment by gajanan — May 20, 2008 @ 5:00 am | Reply

  22. sorry guys..am unwell..will reply soon..

    take care all

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — May 21, 2008 @ 9:20 pm | Reply

  23. Kav

    Yo babes, get well soon.

    Regards.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — May 22, 2008 @ 12:57 am | Reply

  24. Kaveetaa,

    Get well soon.. Wish you a speedy recovery..

    Rajeev

    Comment by Rajeev — May 22, 2008 @ 1:19 am | Reply

  25. For another independent opinion on Big B’s so called blog, read this http://www.rediff.com/movies/2008/may/26raja.htm . Raja Sen, is a well known critic.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — May 26, 2008 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

  26. old tiger is back , the response in his blog says it all

    Comment by akshat — June 1, 2008 @ 12:47 am | Reply

  27. “Hence I say, Big B who was already hemorrhaging his legacy (due to poor acting and bad BO performance) is now making a mockery of himself (due to blogging). All I am asking is for you to consider the truth in my position.”

    truth coming from whom a furstrated idiot well fact of the matter u again need the name of big b to gain some recognition lok through still at the age of 67 this man is saleable and is able to even produce 25-30 cr solo even 2 years back in 2005 the same guy deleivered 5 sucessful movie in a year ,

    on to his blog his command over the language is simply outstanding and with the way he is able to construct logical argument

    Comment by akshat — June 1, 2008 @ 12:52 am | Reply

  28. “Gajanan

    When the YRF studios and Red Chillies studios of Hollywood start giving insignificant roles to Harrison Ford then he has two choices, preserve his legacy, or walk down the slippery spiral into the lizard’s hole”

    ha ha who are yrf and red chillies btw in today’s bollywood scenario,

    cooperatisation has ensured much better players are coming into market u seems to be a certain khan’s fan but the generalision of bollywood on redchillies , ab corp , aamir khan production, hari om production, wizcraft is itself childish ,

    cooperate players like percept, utv , eros , adlabs, studio18 are churning out different products and in reality these are the pillars of the market today ,

    on to harrison ford and the basis for putting him into lizard’s role suggest u live in fantasy to http://english.galatta.com/entertainment/english/livewire/id/Indiana_Jones_makes_US_311_million_15682.html

    Comment by akshat — June 1, 2008 @ 1:17 am | Reply

  29. “Forget Basu, the Alejandro González Iñárritu of India, ”

    hillarious he still does not have a single original script and someone here calls him Alejandro González Iñárritu of India

    Comment by akshat — June 1, 2008 @ 1:20 am | Reply

  30. Hi all.. thanks for the good wishes ..and a warm welcome to Akshat.

    Shaan..Anything that i write further will only be a boring repetition of my post. I stand by it and at the risk of reiteration , I am in awe of AB’s erudition. He writes almost everyday and the facile of his expression is noteworthy. This is the kind of blog i can read forever. Carefully chosen words that connect without causing a clash of emotions.

    Perhaps Shaan you would like to read this post

    http://blogs.bigadda.com/ab/2008/05/30/day-40/

    The heartfelt reference to Anwar ali and Baby Apa would most certainly be of interest to you.. and hopefully soothe painful scars? I was unable to read his posts and have accessed them just today.

    His depiction of his walk to Sidddhivinayaka , the crescendo of emotions mingling with those of other pilgrims, was a treat to the senses. It reminded me of our walk to the temple sometime last year. I couldnt have put it better.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — June 1, 2008 @ 2:40 pm | Reply

  31. Gajanan ji..your Gabbar take off was hillarious. Of course ‘hum kisise Kum nahin’

    With reference to Ab, even today whenever I think up a plot, the central character seems suitable for just one of the legends ..Amitabh bachchan. he has a versatility that is simply awe inspiring. His talent is like water.. it takes the shape of the vessel that holds it…which is saying a lot.

    Hits and misses are the poorest gage of any creative enterprise..since all art is subjective. especially so in a country as diverse as india where the multiplex look down their moses on popular cinema and the masses wont even attempt going in for a film which projects a slice of life. Living it is tragic enough for them.

    Ab has shattered into smithereens every stereotype. This has less to do with him and more to do with his enigma and charisma where a film maker worth his salt would feel honored to cast him.

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — June 1, 2008 @ 2:47 pm | Reply

  32. Akshat you said

    on to his blog his command over the language is simply outstanding and with the way he is able to construct logical argument

    Totally on with you on this. Such legends are not made they happen since they were meant to be. We as a mass of people have come together in this universe and AB is one amongst us..quite unique and grace personnified. The way he is today reminds me how My father used to carry himself. Even the way he writes is o much like my father. But let me tell you there was a time i was almost in love with him. He was my ultimate man.. and hubby knows it.. no big secret 🙂

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — June 1, 2008 @ 2:50 pm | Reply

  33. namaskar!

    how art thou? sachiniti is parked on AB now for sometime. have read the scribble but din quite know if i cud comment, its just one of those neutral tonics on which we cannot fence 🙂
    so wenz the next one coming and just to help u out a bit – you have been tagged!

    Comment by saptarshi — June 2, 2008 @ 1:35 pm | Reply

  34. Namaskar Bandhu..I plead guilty..angst ridden as well.

    I have been unwell..etc..i think this is the longest gap on Sachiniti na? Sowwee 🙂

    Back to fencing soon pardner..pwomise

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — June 2, 2008 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  35. “As far as I’m concerned i know that all his films are what they are because of his towering performance..irrespective of the fate at the BO. His contribution is consistent and he never fails to deliver.

    I think his blogs are a lesson in diplomacy and wit and are a pleasure to read. Bravo Amit ji..keep at it!!”

    An d bravo to Kaveeta…keep at it:0-) Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    A.Shah

    Comment by Akshay Shah — June 2, 2008 @ 5:35 pm | Reply

  36. Enchanted akkipedia 🙂

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — June 3, 2008 @ 6:04 pm | Reply

  37. Ever since the late 70s, it has been the pipe dream of the Bachchanistas to see Big B make “some” sort of a comeback. LOL (Rahim Chacha would say, “Billi Ke Khwab Mein Chichde”). If the old tiger is back i)Why then did Big B fold like a cheap suits when Mr. Sinha blatantly provoked him a few days ago ? ii) Why is Bhootnath not a hit ?

    Comment by Shaan Khan — June 3, 2008 @ 7:56 pm | Reply

  38. Kav

    Language is very subjective. While I have no doubt that the Doodhwala Bhaiyas must be very impressed with Big B’s ability to articulate his position. I did not expect you to be impressed. I am surprised, needless to say, the reaction I have seen does not “jive” with what you have stated.

    Think about this for a second, had Big B really been diplomatic (as some claim) then he would not have to apologize ? OR if his command over the words been that great he would not have to revisit and explain what he really meant ? (saying it once would have been more than enough).

    Comment by Shaan Khan — June 3, 2008 @ 8:09 pm | Reply

  39. [ Edited.. Shaan retain a decorum of behaviour. I will not allow abusive language towards a fellow commenter]

    Comment by Shaan Khan — June 3, 2008 @ 8:12 pm | Reply

  40. Kav

    I wish a lot more things in life could be quantified. For example I wish abuse could be quantified and measured with a universal yardstick. If that were the case we would be able to measure and see if a person attacking me for thinking Anurag Base is a marvelous director is more abusive or my provoked “counter” attack. I am open to debate Anurag and his merits, but as I have stated my position already the responsibility is on the disagreeing party to make his case (rather than just attack me).

    In a like vein, would we also not all like to know whether someone intentionally mis-stating another person’s position is more abusive than the person being mis-quoted calling the offender ignorant ? Have I stated that Harrison Ford is history (which BTW I have in the case of Big B) or Dead On Arrival? I recognize that HF is still a contender. I give him credit for managing the characteristic late career attrition well. To begin with he was never known for churning out huge amount of films, but lately he too (keeping the attrition in mind) has further reduced his exposure.

    As far as Big B and the Blog is concerned. My position is that Big B is today not a tiger (definitely was in the mid 70s) but a lame horse struggling to corss the finish line. Unlike HF (for example) he has eroded his legacy. The blog has supplemented his downfall and has made a mockery of him. If you disagree then we can debate that. You tell me how it (blog) has not, and I will tell you how it has.

    Nonetheless, thank you for your hospitality. Perhaps I am not being missed anymore 🙂

    Comment by Shaan Khan — June 4, 2008 @ 3:16 am | Reply

  41. Shaan..please point out another single comment on Sachiniti in all of the 300 posts which has used ‘language’and I have permitted it . Why are you unnecessarily confusing things? Has the above comment or any other of yours so far been ever edited? Discussion, debate, dissent, disagree by all means. It is more than welcome. But you cannot resort to ‘gaalis’..The rest is upto you. You can either appreciate and respect the comment policy, considering I dont have comment moderation ordinarily and abide by certain basic code of decorum or you can be unreasonable and consider it a personal affront. The choice is between wanting to visit Sachiniti as a welcome guest or then holding on to a viewpoint which you know is fallacious.

    Regards

    Kaveetaa

    Comment by Kaveetaa Kaul — June 4, 2008 @ 1:09 pm | Reply

  42. Kav

    What you ask is too subjective. I will say “Tomaytoe” and you will say no it is “Tomahtoe” Nonetheless, my position on this is very clear, a personal attack is a personal attack, with or without certain specific words. Just like you cannot say killing with a bullet is OK but not with a sharp knife, you also cannot permit certain personal attacks and not others.

    Let me turn your question on its head, show me a post where I have attacked you or Gajanan. It is not as if we (i.e. you & I) agree all the time 0R Gajanan and I are always on the same page. Yet we disagree without stepping on each other’s toes.

    Unequal justice is a mockery of justice, it is injustice. Either you allow people to butt heads (no hold bar) or be equal & fair in promoting a zero tolerance against personal attacks.

    Comment by Shaan Khan — June 4, 2008 @ 2:35 pm | Reply

  43. Aama, Lucknow Jaane Padega lagta hai, hum saab loga ku. Yeh Mumbai ka labz bada burra ji. You living with angrezi log , bery advanced ji , but shabd , shabaad nahi lagat. Thoda science and technology me advance ji , paar thoda peeche in tameez ji. Yeh blog , blog kya jee. Log bol nahi tho blog bol. Yeh blog me log aur log me blog bada dilla ji.

    Yes , age is a factor , I agree, but if a person can hold on well no problem. One thing which is very much in decline with all the newcomers is the music and lyrics in their films. Right from 1990, except for stray intellectual inferences , the lyrics and music have been atrocious. I write this because Bollywood has song and dance which is highly original in content ( it may look contrived) but it is uniquely Bollywoodian and one and only type in the world. Any of the songs after 1990;s will they ever match the lyrics of Sahir , Shailendra, or Shakeel. Cycle me Dev Anand singing ” Yeh maina Kaaam Li” . if any hero sings like this now , with their pointed uncombed hair ( baal banana bhi nahi aata hai) , public will run away from the theatre even if they are given free tickets. Imagine a recent hero singing, ” Thumhi se Mohabbat, Thumhi se ladayi” a la Dilip saab. Dilip had slightly unkept hair, but kya aada tha. No actor in the present day has the iota of melancholy of Guru Dutt. Yes sing ” Waqt ne kya kiya hasseen sitam, there is no one near Guru Dutt”. The innocence of Raj Kapoor’s ” Nahi Mrs D’Sa” of Anari is missing in all the present day actors.

    The reasons are as follows. When you superimpose a Western body on an Indian soul , you are bound to look hapless and helpless. We have had brown sahibs to burrasahib and now lo aagya , Bollysahib. Saab ko chikna baan na hai. Tom Cruise ko copy karna hai, Dilkhush Talmaalwala nahi ban na hai. AB has still the capacity to deliver as his dialogue delivery is very good. He still has command over language. He should not get overawed by the situation like RT ‘s comments or simply Jhoom to become a Bollysahib. He can choose, and he must choose his roles well.

    Comment by gajanan — June 5, 2008 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

  44. Gajanan,

    Agree that cinema has changed with time.. but after all its a business. so producers are going with things which are selling in present times with their tight schedules etc.. so in a way the change has happened because of western influence on the society itself.. I am sure Valentine’s day etc was not a big event at all some 30-40 years back.. I also dont think that AB got overawed by RT.. In fact when RT was babbling, AB kept mum for about 2 months. It was jaya who tossed RT like a football. AB is reacting because over 2-3 decades media abused his image to make quick money. This has happened not only with AB but all famous personalities. But in the case of AB they stretched it too far..

    Comment by Rajeev — June 5, 2008 @ 11:27 pm | Reply

  45. Celebrate VDay , but learn to do hard work like the Westerners. For example , labor is very highly paid in the West. India very poorly paid. They need to be decently paid in India. There are very few who in India have understood to treat physical labor with respect. Three come to mind , one APJ Abdul Kalam and the other the man who managed Konkan Rly project and Delhi Metro, Mr Sridharan and of course Dr Kurien of Amul. They treated labor class very well. So they have been successful in projects. Just copying some celebration for one day and not imbibing accountability, work ethics and understanding dignity of labor will result in more and more laziness and aayashiness.

    I was visiting a close relative of mine in England. He is a tradesman, but he gets good amount of wages ro educate his kids in good school. The point here is just this uchal khud and ” I love you” for one day , does not solve problems.

    I found a very reverse thing happening in the West. In England , in a small place, they were having a Yoga Day. If one wants to celebrate VDay, celebrate , magar jara sambhalkar. kyo ki medical evidence hai ki

    .” The trick was discovering that saliva was a rich source of DNA that could be easily stabilized” See below.

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1137694,00.html

    Aagar saliva me DNA hai and not very stable when taken out, but if you have contact when celebrating, you have to be careful, kyo ki DNA is stable then.

    Comment by gajanan — June 10, 2008 @ 5:22 am | Reply

  46. Dear Mr. Shaan,
    Big B has delivered more revenue at BO then all his contemporaries and recent Khans put together. What age are you living in? This age is about data based information. Go to ibosnetwork and check the facts out. Now coming to BigB acting powress, please name a single actor from Bollywood or Hollywood who can deliver Black and Sarkar in same year. I am sure you do not have an answer. Mind it, this was just an example. If you will deep dive into Big B career, you will become a devotee of his. Alas, with your kind of attitude, I cannot expect that. Please respect Big B if you do not have guts to appreciate him.

    Hoping for your conscience to alight your inner spirit,
    Mohamad

    Comment by Mohamad Mukadam — June 23, 2008 @ 1:37 am | Reply

  47. hello i want to join your group

    Comment by disharahi — December 10, 2008 @ 8:10 pm | Reply

  48. i am disha (vrushali). i am a blind young girl.i very much impressed by Your movie Black.though it’s name was Black but it gives light to the blind people.we can feel your jabardast voice. Aawaz ki duniyake Shahenshah ko mera Salam

    Comment by disharahi — December 10, 2008 @ 8:17 pm | Reply

  49. […] Prakash Mehra, who directed Zanzeer, the first ever hit of his acting career, holds a special place in Mr. Bachchan’s heart. May be it was this very reason that while writing about this visit on his blog, Amitabh Bachchan became really emotional and wrote, Prakash Mehra, the director of some of my most significant and most successful films lies in the ICU. When I went to him, he had difficulty in recognising me. It is most depressing to see my contemporaries in this way. Mr. Bachchan spent quite a bit of time at the hospital because apart from Prakash Mehra, he also visited some other friends, who incidentally were also undergoing treatment at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital at the same point of time. These included, Karan Johar’s mother Hiroo Johar, Dimple Kapadia’s sister Simple and Adnan Sami’s ailing father. Image Source: Sachiniti […]

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