Abhi-Ash has no legacy, Ranbir has

Amitabh Bachchan

Abhi-Ash have no legacy to carry forward, says Amitabh Bachchan
“I don’t look upon any kind of legacy. That would be very unfair on my part.” At 70 as Amitabh Bachchan leads Indian delegation at 12th Marrakech International Film Festival, celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema, he rules out any ‘attempt to start a legacy’ of the Bachchans.

That Abhishek and Aishwarya are prominent members of the film fraternity, is no reason for Bachchan to think that they are there to carry forward the legacy. “They are independent and free individuals”, he says and adds categorically, “First of all I don’t believe there is going to be any legacy”.


Any talk with Bachchan on 100 years of Hindi Cinema cannot be complete without asking him to pick his favourite actors in last 100 years. Expressing difficulty at making that choice because of the sheer abundance of talent, Bachchan instead gives us his favourite Hindi film makers “I have been influenced by the cinema of Guru Dutt, Raj Kapoor,  V Shantaram,  Bimal Roy,  Hrishikesh Mukherjee. They have made tremendous contribution. From my time, writers like Salim Javed and film makers like Yash Chopra, Manmohan Desai, Prakash Mehra have made substantive contribution.”

He critically looks at the reasons behind the success and global popularity of Hindi Cinema and says, “there was an opinion in the west that our films used to deal with fantasy and were escapist in nature. They may have been right about it. May be they didn’t know that our films were made for the common man, the one who struggles day in day out and  sweats it out. May be they didn’t know that to relax he needs to see something beautiful and something that brings him  hope. Why would he want to see something that mirrors his life when he is facing so much personal struggle?”

Interestingly, Bachchan says that he is “glad we didn’t change our way and our idea of film making and now the west not only recognizes that but also wants to work with us. Big western studios are here now to work with us” he signs of feeling triumphant and proud of the Industry where he has contributed more than four decades of his life.

Meanwhile, Rishi Kapoor adds, I am proud, Ranbir is carrying forward my legacy
Rishi Kapoor is a happy man these days. He is thoroughly enjoying his run at the movies, getting to play roles with negative shades in films like Agneepath and yet to be released Aurangzeb. Rishi, however  is extremely surprised to see the kind of adulation and love he has experienced from the Moroccans. “I bumped into people here who sang Bobby songs to me. Can you imagine?” And while he celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema at Marrakech International Film Festival, he adds that, “Out of these 100 years, Kapoors have made a contribution of 84 years, which is something I am very proud of.”

Another reason for his pride is Ranbir’s run at the box office. “These are all his decisions. I have no say in his work. He has silenced his critics. There was a time when friends, relatives and members of film industry used to deride him and say why is he playing such unconventional roles.” Ranbir is unlike other heroes of his generation and has been “doing one film at a time.” “If that is gone, everything would fall.” However that didn’t happen and Ranbir ended up crossing the 100 cr mark, first among this generation of stars with a content rich film like Barfi! “Those are the films he chose and that’s how he works. I am very proud that he is taking my legacy forward.”

But all of this happiness, didn’t come with a share of worries for the father. “I was a little worried but he was very clear that he didn’t want to play the conventional hero with 40 dancers behind him. That was something I grew up on. I am very happy that he has proved me wrong.”


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