Truth be told: People call me false modest, says Amitabh

Amitabh Bachchan plays a lawyer in Pink. PHOTO: FILE

Amitabh Bachchan plays a lawyer in Pink. PHOTO: FILE

MUMBAI: While megastar Amitabh Bachchan feels there are a lot of people who find him falsely modest, he shares the new actors in his upcoming film Pink will definitely catch the audience’s attention.

“As an actor, I have been in this line for 45 years. Most of the actors in Pink are new faces and you have not seen them before. But once you see the film, you will not see me, you will only see them,” the 73-year-old said at the film’s trailer launch. “It’s exceptional work that they have done and I say this from the bottom of my heart. I am not being modest. I know a lot of people call me a false modest person, but this is the honest truth,” he said.

The movie, directed by Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary, also features Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Andrea Tariang in key roles. “I have never worked with such exceptional actors. They are so committed. You cannot believe the kind of performances they have given. They are so natural, it’s an inspiration for me,” he shared.

Producer Shoojit Sircar revealed that he is repaying Bachchan, with films such as Piku and Pink, for the film Shoebite which could not be released. “When a film does not release, it is very saddening and you feel really bad for it.

But we have moved on,” he said. “We are making films and we are still trying if something can happen … but I think I am repaying Mr. Bachchan with Piku or even Pink, as we could not do Shoebite. So this is my debt that I am repaying him.”

Pink is a film set in Delhi and stars Amitabh as a lawyer. The trailer suggests it is an unconventional thriller. About his look in the film, Bachchan stated, “Whatever I have to do, say or wear, I leave it to the director. Sircar said that this should be the look, the hair, the beard and the clothes I would wear. The mask on the face is mine. That was because one of the days I was training with it, and Sircar liked it and said that we will use it in the film.”

Asked how he plans to promote the film, the producer said, “This film doesn’t have a dance or item number. I feel after watching the trailer, people will decide whether to watch it or not. I have done this many a times. All my films are purely content and character driven. There are songs and we are introducing a singer from Pakistan. So you all will get to hear her.”

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