Monday, July 5, 2010

Big B finishes Schedule with Kandahar

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan Finished his portions of shooting for Kandahar(Malayalam), directed by filmmaker Major Ravi with Superstar Mohanlal in the lead role. The Amitabh Bachchan was in Ooty for the three-day shooting. An over-excited crew on sets has been exemplary in attitude and work ethic -- there is this culture among the film fraternity in the South. There are smiling faces, group keepsake photographs, bonhomie and respect and the desire to serve; wonderful and admirable qualities that I shall carry back with me. Thank you Kandahar, Mohanlal, Major Ravi (director) and the entire unit. I have enjoyed working with you, Amitabh later wrote on his blog. The only reason why he agreed to be part of a Malayalam film was because he was supposed to play a North Indian character and was not expected to speak the language. But the director of the film, Major Ravi had different plans. On reaching Ooty, director Major Ravi informed Bachchan that he would have to speak Malayalam in the film, even though the script had no such specifications. Always wary of acting in regional films, Bachchan protested the directors decision, but not for too long though. He recalled speaking one line in Kannada when he made an appearance in a film called Amrithdhare, in which he played himself. But the lapse into memory was temporary. Back from his shooting scehule in Ooty, Bachchan says, � This film was different. I play a North Indian man married to a Malayali woman. So, speaking a bit of the language was natural for the character. Malayalam is a tough language for me. But I managed. The only respite for Bachchan was, it seems, shooting with Mohanlal, an actor he admires tremendously. The two actors bonded over Uttapams and steaming cups of coffee. Bachchan adds, �Earlier, I did Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag with Mohanlal. But this time I got to know him better. He�s a humble, multifaceted human being.�

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