Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
Big B turns blogger
Amitabh Bachchan started a blog on April 17. And has posted almost daily since, generating hundreds of comments from fans around the world.
His blog is ostensibly about his life and films, but also a platform where the 65-year-old Indian superstar gets even with the “rumor laced spicy barbs” of the media.
In a recent post, the actor elaborates on his hectic schedule of 43 interviews while promoting the film ‘Bhootnath’.
“And I wait for the dynamic headlines announcing the interview. Some thing that will draw attention, keep the audience unmoved from their channel. Phone ins may get constructed around comments of mine… call in a semi intellectual, preferably from the film industry and certainly not ‘Bachchan Camp’…repeat the questions asked in interview, expand them, cover half hour or else the adverts will not fructify. Culminate the proceedings on a note where the channel looks good and unbiased, yet signals its last cynical or sarcastic ending…”
“Back to condescending anchor, male, in a fetching suit and tie, a tinge of sarcasm and one-upmanship, a wry smile and the closing before the signature tune takes over – ‘Far cry from the Amitabh Bachchan that had boycotted the media not so long ago’”
The Bollywood star — wait, you shouldn’t call him that because he hates the Indian film industry being described that way.
“It was coined by some smart journalist and it just stuck, and now it’s in the Oxford dictionary,” Bachchan told Reuters in an interview last year.
Well, Bollywood or not, the response to the actor’s blog has been overwhelming — nearly a thousand wrote in when Bachchan injured his hip while shooting for a film — and he feels the “need to employ people to help me or else fear the loss of my fingers” replying to comments.
Some fans have responded with strange requests, including a plea that Bachchan shave his facial hair.
But the actor said his beard isn’t going to disappear in a hurry.
“Primarily because of continuity in my forthcoming films, but also because I seem to like it there.”