Bachchan loves family connection
Published 23/03/2010 | 12:51
Amitabh Bachchan says it's "wonderful" to have three other actors in his family.
The Indian screen legend's wife, politician Jaya Bhaduri, is an actor as well as his son and daughter-in-law, former Miss World Aishwarya Rai - and there's nothing the 67-year-old veteran actor loves more than talking shop with his loved ones.
"There are four artists in my family. We are very happy with this. Every morning, we get up, we pick up our make-up bags and we go off to our studios," Bachchan said in Hong Kong after receiving the lifetime achievement award at the fourth Asian Film Awards.
"It's wonderful to have all of us working together. We sit and discuss projects. We talk about each other's films. We criticise them. We applaud them. It's a very happy atmosphere at home," he added.
Bachchan took family connections to another level in a recent project. In last year's Paa, he played a youngster with a genetic defect that makes him look like an old man. His real-life son, Abhishek, portrayed the boy's father.
"It was a very, very unique experience for all of us," Bachchan said.
Bachchan said while he welcomes the increasing popularity of Indian cinema abroad, he doesn't think Indian filmmakers should bend over backward to broaden their appeal to foreigners - such as watering down the song-and-dance numbers the industry is best known for.
"I hope they don't change," he said. "I know that the West is very critical and very cynical about our content, being too fantasised. But that hasn't deterred us from making the kind of films we make."