Thursday, 10 April 2008
Badshah or King ?
What a controversy? The media, the people, the information agencies are all engrossed in every time talking about as to who stands where, whether it is Amitabh Bachhan who is the real Badshah of film industry or whether virtually it is Shahrukh Khan who stands on the top as the King in Bollywood. Why this question is raised every now and then and at times it appears as if there is no other business warranting attention in the affairs of the country. Both these stars are a great asset for the nation and both have enormous contribution in enhancing and propagating the image of the country at the global level. Amitabh Bachhan is the one actor who has played all roles pertaining to the society. When asked by a journalist as to whether there is any role he has not yet played, Amitabh Bachhan's answer recently was 'yes, Bhoot'. Bhoot is his new picture where his role is that of a ghost. Symbolically this answer also gave a distant impression of Amitabh Bachhan talking of a phase after life as he is now quite in an advancing age block. Whatever roles he has played till now are all a superb performance, animated and lively. Shahraukh has been a role model of youth after Amitabh's image as 'angry young man' started feigning. An amount of overacting is most often found in Shahrukh's performance but it was never the case with Amitabh Bachhan. These are the after the roles imitating life on screen but what really matters is as to how these roles are performed. Performance wise both are the gems procuring global laurels for India and there is no reason why unnecessary grades be added to them isolating one from the other. Both deserve appreciation, recognition and respect by the people of the country.