I'm on my way to Dubai for covering the premiere of Sachin Joshi's 'Aazaan'. The premiere is tomorrow, Oct 12 at the Grand Cineplex. At the airport, we heard rumours that Shahrukh Khan will be attending the premiere. Apparently, Mallika Sherawat, Minisha Lamba and Sohail Khan are the confirmed guests and a few more celebrities are expected apart from Sachin Joshi and Candice Boucher. My elder brother and sister are also in Dubai, so we'll catch up as well.
Today is Mr Bachchan's birthday. There's an event that has been organised by the KBC team at a Bombay hotel. But I guess, the celebrations will be slightly low key keeping Jagjit Singh sbs demise yesterday into account. Most of the events had been cancelled yesterday. Mr Bachchan is a great guy and I wish him lots of best wishes. Yes, there has been criticism with regards to his political flip flops and over protectiveness of Abhishek, so much so that Abhishek is still referred to as a star kid rather than finding a well defined niche of his own. I guess no one is perfect and Mr Bachchan will have to live with his share of criticism but still he is a phenomenon and nothing can change that.
I've interviewd Mr Bachchan several times. He is a delight. I still remember, the interview that we did post 'Paa' release where he spoke-n-behaved in the Auro mode. Absolute magic. He had completely transformed into the character. Each time I meet Big B, the images of Laawaris, Naseeb, Suhaag, Kaalia, Namak Halaal, Sholay, Kala Paththar, Hum, Agneepath, Amar Akbar Anthony, Anand, Saudagar start percolating in my mind. I've spoken to him about many of his films. He enjoys talking about his works in a self effacing manner and that's really endearing about him. In recent times, I enjoyed his work in Nishabd, Buddha Hoga Tera Baap, Paa, Baaghbaan, Black etc. He is truly an inspiration in class, karma, hard work, tenacity, good sense of humour and excellence. Happy Birthday Sir.
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