The festivities to mark the completion of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 30 years in Bollywood have come to an end today.
The movie to be paid tribute on this last day was Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s ‘Eklavya’ starring Amitabh Bachchan.
Actor Amitabh Bachchan, who was present for the ceremony, said that his wife Jaya Bachchan has warned him about Vidhu Vinod Chopra temper.
“When I told Jaya I was working with Vidhu Vinod Chopra, she nodded silently, which is an indicator of things to come. When the time came for me to go for outdoor shoot, I told Jaya I am going, she asked how long I will be away, I said, a month. She said I will see you back in three days. She told me he (Chopra) abuses, shouts and screams... this is not going to suit your temperament, and that I will be back in three days,” he said.
“So that was the impression I had when I went to work with Vinod. But a day before I went for shooting, I happened to meet Preity Zinta, and she said apart from story, film and other things you will enjoy working with Vinod as he looks after his artists extremely well. I feel when an artist is comfortable in a set-up then things just work eventually and he did take good care of me,” he added.
Amitabh Bachchan said that creative differences between actor and filmmaker should be sorted out on ground level itself.
“Sometimes there are creative differences. For me personally, I would rather have those creative differences at the time of hearing the story rather than on sets. I believe once you are on sets, you are committed as a professional... I will follow what the director will tell me to do, there will be no arguments, but yes there will be suggestions,” he said.
“In an emotional scene in the movie, Vinod wanted my character to have his eyes moist and I thought tear should drop. However, I realized later that tear dropping would have added to the emotion. I felt Vinod was right, it was just sufficiently enough to wet the eyes but not allow it to drop,” he added.
The legendary actor admitted that he would love to work with Chopra again.
“It took 30 years for him to give me a voice-over in his film ‘Parineeta’. He is persistent and every year he used to come but finally ‘Eklavya’ happened. Hope he does not take another 30 years to cast me,” he concluded.