Mr. Amitabh Bachchan is a delight to interview. Not someone who would avoid any question, he brings in the right wit to many of his responses, especially balancing it all well with the correct intensity that conveys a point loud and clear. With the first big film of 2016, Wazir, releasing tomorrow, he talks about the Bejoy Nambiar directed affair, his working relationship with Farhan Akhtar, and how every ‘mohra‘ (and not just the Wazir) is important in the game of chess!
In the film, you are confined to a wheelchair. Did that prove to be further exciting for you as an actor, since now here was an opportunity to demonstrate your acting skills with limited parts of your body in play?
It does become challenging, but then in many ways it also gives one a wonderful property to use effectively in the film. The wheel chair is a challenge but also a wonderful prop to be used by me in the film!!
I am sure that establishing you as a man with no lower limbs can’t be there just as a cinematic gimmick, but actually adds to the character and the film’s narrative. Can you please elaborate?
Yes, it is an integral part of the film and the story. Its presence, its reason and its eventual use are all part of the ‘play’ in the game of WAZIR. Why would it be there in the first place?!
The film has Bejoy Nambiar calling the shots and he is someone who is relatively new to the industry. While being hailed as someone with a good eye for style, how has he come across as a storyteller?
Bejoy has been around for a while and has had great credentials in film making. His sense of style and storytelling is most telling..!!
On the other hand Farhan Akhtar is someone who has dabbled into various fields other than acting, and as a matter of fact even directed you in Lakshya. How does his multi-faceted personality act as an asset?
Farhan has accomplished himself in all the fields that he has been involved in and certainly that brings with it, a great amount of experience and worthiness in the project. All his assets come in to play as we work together and it has been an absolute delight.
As a matter of fact one does get an impression that while Farhan Akhtar indeed has a great part to play and Neil Nitin Mukesh is the antagonist on screen, your presence is what that would indeed define Wazir. Is that correct?
In a game of chess it would be silly and not prudent enough to believe, that each ‘mohra‘ does not have its moment of importance. I would expect that from any film, least of all from a film that is designed around the game.