‘I was told to clap and I clapped, what is so great about it?’ – Amitabh Bachchan


‘I was told to clap and I clapped, what is so great about it?’ – Amitabh Bachchan

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who turns 73 today, says he finds it difficult to get interesting work and assignments these days. “It’s difficult to get good work but this will happen in old age, it is an accepted thing, and if I get one, I will work hard on it,” says Bachchan, who will be seen more this year with his new television show ‘Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi’ coming up besides his upcoming film, ‘Wazir’ with Farhan Akhtar. Earlier, this year, he was seen in films with diverse content such as ‘Shamitabh’ and Piku (with Deepika Padukone), which was declared a huge hit.

However, as we all know, the actor doesn’t seem to have slowed down with age and is gearing up to don new avatars always with distinctive and challenging kind of roles. In the promo of his new show, a non-fiction series, the actor, who began his epochal journey on the small screen 15 years ago, is seen doing clap dance moves in an elevator which kind of became the signature step for the show. 

Ask Big B about where does his enthusiasm, energy and spirit come from after so many years in the profession, and the actor answers in a matter-of-factly manner, “What is so great about clapping? I don’t know, I was told to clap and I clapped. We often clap when we appreciate something; it is an age-old thing, what is so unique about it?”

While talking about the concept of the show, the actor explained, “Daily we come across many tragic and sad news, but there are many moments in our lives which could be celebrated. There are many people around us and in the society who are doing some good work, the show is about them. It is about giving them a platform and listening to them, celebrating them and their achievements and introducing them to the world. That is the main idea behind the show.”  Further talking about his involvement in the show’s creative since he seems to have turned choreographer for the clap dance promo, he says, “When you associate with any show it is quite obvious that you get involved in it and put your heart and soul into it. I give my suggestions and if it is acceptable to the creative team then we go with it.”

Lastly, when asked whether the comparison of his show will be drawn with Aamir Khan’s ‘Satyamev Jayate’ due to similar theme, Bachchan quipped, “That you decide. I have done my job, you (media) all do yours