27 October, 2020

In Soft Focus

A new biography reveals the Big B’s human face

In Soft Focus

The rests his tall, languid frame on a leather sofa seemingly unaware of his own aura. But then if you’re an Amitabh Bachchan— a legend, a star of such gigantic proportions that few even today have managed to touch that image— then, perhaps, you stop being aware of your own greatness, your hallowed place in cinematic history. His answer to what it must feel like to have achieved so much is surprisingly modest, "I’m not unwilling to take credit but I must decide my own worth which I feel is very mediocre. I haven’t been able to achieve anything substantial."

The occasion is the launch of

Amitabh Bach-chan: The legend, editor Bhawana Somaaya’s book on the actor published by Macmillan India Ltd. The legend is sporting a white clipped beard—" for a shoot", he explains— the famous face is lined, but looking better than it has for years— a happy result of exercise. The tone and demeanour is relaxed, yet measured. But the modesty  persists right through   our interview as well as the book. In one instance, speaking about his adolescence, he says to the...



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