By Subhash K Jha
MUMBAI: Director R Balki has just completed a long schedule of his new film Shamitabh with the Big B, Dhanush and Akshara Haasab.
And he can’t get over the bonding that he saw the Big B share with Dhanush.
“It was like watching two artistes who have worked closely for years. Who would believe Dhanush was working with Amitji for the first time?!All their scenes together were amazing because they were done after great thought,” says Balki
Apparently both the Big B and Dhanush reached the sets early so as to be able to practice their lines.
Since Dhanush is not conversant in Hindi, the Big B helped him with the dialogues and the pronunciation. Unlike Dhanush’s first Hindi film Raanjhanaa where he played a South Indian in Shamitabh the script has not been moulded to accommodate Dhanush’s personality and diction.
He had to work hard on his Hindi and the Big B helped him with that.
Not many know this. But the the Big B Amitabh Bachchan dislikes the air conditioner and prefers to work with it off.
This aversion to artificial cooling would’ve got sticky for the cast in the sveltering heat that Mumbai witnessed last month.
But not the Shamitabh team.
Says Balki, “No one felt the heat. Everyone just was just so taken up with Amitji’s level of dedication. From Dhanush who’s an established actor to Akshara who is the baby of our unit, Mr Bachchan is the natural leader on the sets. If he doesn’t feel the heat no one else does.”