New Delhi: Amitabh Bachchan is among one of the busiest actors of Bollywood even at this age. 70 is not an easy age to cope up with, one needs to be really very careful about his food and other health related issues at this juncture of life, but it doesn’t seem to have any effect on Big B, who is probably busier than his younger days.
Amitabh Bachchan is also aware of his age but he can’t control himself from working more. The big man writes on his blog, “I feel awkward when asked this question, because it puts you firstly, in an exalted position and secondly, I really have no answer for it. Sincerely though how does one describe, ones pace when one himself does not believe or is able to believe that what he does is indeed a mode of pace in the eyes of the other. To me it is just another job that I do, pace be damned.”
His humility and desire of keeping a low profile (though it’s not possible at all) gets visible in his writing, “I feel it is embarrassing for me to gauge myself in self assessment or in value addition. I find it difficult to say that it is enough. And I feel it most when I am at work. I simply have no knowledge or its equivalent to know when is one to speak up to stop, or begin. Fire a gun at the start of the race and I could push off, without care. It would be energy consuming for me to then announce that it is time to stop.”
Though the number of films he is doing every year is going down but that doesn’t mean his absence from the public domain. Probably he is the most visible person on the small screen in India. His hugely popular reality show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ is among the highest TRP getting programmes on TV. He talks about his notion of ‘KBC’ in a profound way, “We are all so deeply unaware of the acute conditions that our countrymen and women live and survive in. For the female gender in particular there is a sea of conditioning that angers one and infuriates our inner self. The ruthlessness of tradition at times does become unbearable. A child is born into this world, bearing no preconditioning of caste creed, religion or color. But as it grows into this wicked world, it slowly begins to accomodate a space tutored by those that bear them, or those that wish for them to be influenced by their authoritative presence. The vulnerable succumb. The strong fight.”
He elaborates his ideas further, “I wish then for the individual strength of conviction. I wish too for equality of presence and its dignity. I wish not for barriers that confine conservatism and wanton tradition. I wish for able traditionality to flourish, and that which practices its opposite to be kept dormant or completely removed. I wish for liberty and its pursuance, but most of all I wish for all this to be accomplished without the shackles of undesired resistance.”
Probably, it’s the idea of bringing equality among all the citizens of India keeps his busy. He alone can’t do it, but his contribution is definitely vital.