Big B has a soft corner for Vidya Balan
Although Amitabh Bachchan teamed up with some of the best actors in the just-released Eklavya, it is Vidya Balan who has impressed him the most.
“I’ve a special soft corner for her. She’s absolutely marvellous and so wonderfully natural. She’s so endearing to watch on screen,” Amitabh told IANS.
Excerpts from an interview:
Vidhu Vinod Chopra and you seemed to have established a very special rapport.
He’s a kind human being and very passionate about his work. He has a keen eye for aesthetics. He creates an atmosphere conducive to good work. We waited 30 years to work together. All directors must work towards building a rapport with their actors.
Eklavya is an intriguing film. The visuals may suggest a mythological or a period film. But Eklavya is modern contemporary thriller. It’s set in today’s Rajasthan.
It is a very short film….
It’s just about two hours long. That’s fine. You don’t need too much time to spread out a dramatic thriller. Every film has its own rhythm.
You’ve been giving TV interviews on Eklavya in super cool sunglasses?
Oh those were for a particular reason. I had been shooting the whole time for Ram Gopal Varma’s Sholay. The role of Gabbar requires me to wear contact lenses. These left me with blood-shot eyes and no choice but to wear sunglasses for the interview that followed the shooting.
Chopra insists Eklavya is your best performance.
That’s his viewpoint. I don’t agree with him. True, I’ve never done anything like this film. I did have a cameo in Shah Rukh Khan’s Paheli where I was similarly dressed. But all told my physical appearance is very different in Eklavya.
You hated the beard, didn’t you?
It’s such a pain! Once you stick on the beard with gum it just restricts your facial movements and irritates you. God bless Pran Saab. He’s a master with beards. And he managed to work so wonderfully with them. Vinod and I have agreed that if I’m required to wear a beard in my next film with him, everyone else on the crew would’ve to do the same.