Amitabh Bachchan prefers to be known as the son of late eminent poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He said, “he has been in public life from the day he was born, but has no legacy of his own to leave behind”.
The actor, who has successfully transitioned from Bollywood’s “Angry young man” to its “Shahenshah” to its most globally known ambassador during his over four-decade-old career, says his father’s “public presence is far greater than” his.
In an email interview with IANS, “It is coming on to 50 years in public life… That is as far as I am personally concerned… But I have been in public life from the day I was born. I was always the son of Dr Harivansh Rai Bachchan, an eminent poet, litterateur, having a public presence far greater than mine.”
“I have no legacy… My father’s legacy is what I am interested in, and I shall try always to further it”.
Big B added, “Memories of my father and time spent with him are personal… But, yes lessons learnt from him would certainly be passed on to Abhishek.”
When asked how lessons were being passed on to the grandchildren, he replied, “These are family oriented. Each family has their own conduct and behaviour, and they are executed in a manner where the next generation continues the legacy of the past. One prays and hopes that this temperament continues for posterity too.”
Amitabh started his career with multi-starer movie Saat Hindustani and then featured alongside Superstar Rajesh Khanna Anand but he got fame with Zanjeer and after that, there was no looking back in his career.
From touching the peak of stardom to facing failure to his days of bankruptcy to bouncing back in the game and seeing a dazzling rise, Big B has seen it all.
Mr Bachchan said, “I never dreamt of being where I am today, not that I am in some special space now, but dreams of the young are never constant, at least mine were never. We keep imagining according to prevailing circumstances. And circumstances keep changing rapidly.”
Talking about criticism he explains, “It is healthy. If not, we would all be living in a Utopian world, and we know that is not possible. Abuse, negativity, criticism is a most important element in our growth. We must know what the rest of the world is thinking of us and our work and learn from those outputs. It’s like a failure; unless you fail, you will never know what success is.”
Big B will be seen in 102 NOT OUT alongside Rishi Kapoor and also in Thugs Of Hindostan alongside Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif.
“There are a few. Ayan Mukerji’s “Brahmastra”, Sujoy Ghosh’s “the Guest” (tentative working title or ‘Badla’), R Balki’s next and a few more… Then there is “Kaun Banega Crorepati”, he said while signing off.