January 25, 2015 9:55:30 am
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has sung the national anthem, sans any accompanying music, for his forthcoming film ‘Shamitabh’ and it was shot at the Jorasanko Thakurbari here, the ancestral home of Rabindranath Tagore, who penned the song.
Though the R Balki-directed film is slated to be released on February 6, the decision to include the national anthem in the movie was taken only a couple of days ago.
“We went to music director Adesh Srivastava’s studio in Mumbai who felt it (the anthem) does not require any music,” Bachchan told reporters at the press launch of the film here.
The song has been recorded in Mumbai, and Balki wanted to shoot it at Shantiniketan but it has been done at Jorasanko because of lack of time.
As “Rabindranath Tagore wrote the song, we decided that why don’t we shoot it where Gurudev was born. Shoojit Sircar has shot the song today at Jorasanko. And we are trying to release the song on January 26,” he said.
Though the legendary actor has sung several songs earlier for films, he said he was proud to have sing this one.
Describing Tagore’s ancestral home as an “amazing monument” Bachchan said, “It’s for the first time I have been there and such an iconic place and I doubt perhaps anybody has ever sang the national anthem there. I feel so proud.”
“I don’t know whether much people outside Bengal have seen it or much people outside Bengal know about it. It’s very quiet there and you can almost feel the presence of Rabindranath Tagore.” he said.
“It’s very interesting to see the painting Gurudev had painted in the later part of his life… The great history you see in the pictures he (Rabindranath) meeting the freedom fighters, his noble award on the walls,” he said.
In ‘Shamitabh’, his third film with Balki after ‘Cheeni Kam’ (2007) and ‘Paa’ (2009), Bachchan is essaying the role of a frustrated, drunkard person with a baritone voice while South superstar Dhanush is a small town man.
Akshara Hasan dons the hat of a journalist who brings the two together and turns Dhanush into a superstar with Bachchan his dubbing artist.
Praising Balki as a different film director of the country, the megastar elaborated about his role and Shamitabh.
“He (Balki) thinks quite differently. In this film he tried to do something other than the league… I have done different roles in Cheeni Kum and in Paa… And perhaps this kind of role is happening for the first time in an Indian film. I have lent my voice to Dhanush,” he said.
“It’s the tale of two persons with different talents. What one has the other one does not have it and both fulfils that void. Akshara is a journalist in the film. And when it reaches the height, then ego comes into play because both started thinking that the popularity gained was because of the other one,” Big B said.
Asked if he would ever render his voice to poems of Rabindranath Tagore as he has sang Tagore songs, the megastar said, “It’s an experience I have enjoyed but my Bengali is not that good. I think it should be recited by somebody who knows the language. But if somebody wants to do it in Hindi or English I will be glad to do so.”
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