Arjun Rampal, who has previously worked with Amitabh Bachchan in movies like 'Aaakhen' and 'The Last Lear', said that Amitabh Bachchan for him is a true soldier.
“For me, the true soldier really is a person like Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, who has nothing but love for what he does, nothing but complete endurance... he has endured everything -- the ups, the downs and everything, and still keeps coming out and recreating himself,” said Arjun Rampal during Gillette Saluting Soldier event.
Arjun Rampal is awed by the fact that Amitabh Bachchan is able to reinvent himself even at an age of 69.
“He is one of those actors who never created a shelf life for himself. An actor who reinvents himself all the time and is still there and still doing some wonderful work even at his age. He is such a good brand ambassador of the Indian film industry to the world... a true soldier,” he said.
He also said that Amitabh Bachchan’s discipline should be a source of inspiration for every actor.
“He is a man who wakes up at 6 a.m. and this is a discipline. This is something we should all learn. He is in the gym at 7 a.m. At around 8-8:30, he has a stack of newspapers which go all around the world, and he reads every single newspaper. At 9:30, he is on the set, he switches his mobile phone off, and he is the character you want him to be,” he said.
“I was always intimidated by him, but he also taught me that your best friends when you are shooting a film should be your team members -- your co-stars, directors, cameramen and lightmen,” added the actor.
The actor is currently busy working in Madhur Bhandarkar's ‘Heroine’ alongside Kareena Kapoor.