Monday, March 18, 2013

The Big Bachchan Theory

Our mothers love him as much we do. No, I am not talking about our dads. Am talking about ‘The Amitabh Bachchan’! No man wears his wrinkles better than him. Period.

Ask an Indian to describe his life and he’d divide it into two – Before/After he started watching Bachchan movies. Yes, such is the impact of the syndrome. As a rule whenever I feel lonely in a foreign land (when travelling for work or fun) Amitabh Bachchan comes to my rescue. Tell the tour guide or the hotel staff or a fellow trekker that you are from India and watch his/her face brighten up.  The likelihood of the individual saying ‘Amitabh Bachchan’ the very next second is extremely high. And from there on the two of you will have enough to talk about.

Over my years of growing up in a home & country teeming with Bachchan fans I have begun to identify them. Here’s how. They often act melodramatic and force the following dialogues/references into almost every conversation.
The angry young man.
Vijay Deenanath Chauhan. If given a choice they would all change their names to this!
The baritone voice! The umpteen efforts made to imitate that.
Billa no 786 is not just a number.
And now the white beard. Sexy personified. All the men want to grow up with that kind of beard. Though I still feel that this man refuses to get old. He even makes Saif’s ‘Kareena’ tattoo appear so lame & small in front of his on-screen tattoo – Mera Baap Chor Hai!

I sincerely feel a lot of issues could be addressed (if not solved) if Big B was to act as the Pied Piper! Would we not all love to transform into rats & follow him blindfolded?

We have two coffee table books on Big B at home! In addition to books on the making of Deewar and Sholay. Do you have any Bachchan paraphernalia at home?
Want to pep up a dull evening? Play the eternal Sholay game! See who knows how many dialogues!

Is there a Big B fan following in DXB as well? Do people get together on a Thursday evening to soak in the charisma of Bachchan. We do that. We play our favourite Bachchan movie & sit down with a tub of popcorns & our friends & family & get both nostalgic & weak in the knees!

Till we meet next, here’s a little Bachchan coming your way. Raise your hands if you have grown up listening to these & still not tired of it!
Mere paas maa hai!
Muchein ho toh nathulal ji jaisi!!

Have any Bachchan experiences to share? Do drop in a line!

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