Speaker:Abhishek Bachchan in conversation with Shoojit Sircar
Venue: Altair Boutique Hotel, Kolkata
Date: 25th October, 2018
Ladies Study Group were audience to one of the most invigorating talks, ‘Reel Life To Real Life’, moderated by a director, Shoojit Sircar and actor, Abhishek Bachchan on 25th October’18 at Altair Boutique Hotel, Kolkata.
Shoojit Sircar opened the dialogue by welcoming the son of a Bengali mother, Jaya Bachchan and Jamai raja, Amitabh Bachchan to the City of Joy. Juniour Bachchan confessed that the Bachchan household has a huge flavour of customs and traditions of Bengal at home and he himself is a fan of the Bengali cuisine, especially the mishti!
Abhishek Bachchan was candid in saying he did not feel the pressure of being a star kid. He said, ”Energies of pressure should be channelized in the right direction.” Shoojit addressed the overwhelming exposure by the paparazzi. Abhishek further addressed the issue of the faceless Internet, which bears no repercussion. In his view, media has no emotion while taking pictures of star children, who have not chosen this lifestyle, thereby having an impact on their psyche.
“I hope the #Metoo Movement I have touched in ‘Pink’, becomes a cleansing process,” said director Shoojit Sircar. Abhishek expressed that we as a society are not ready to handle this storm, as we do not understand the enormity of this oppression.
“There may not be a ‘Rakhi’ festival tomorrow,” said Abhishek. He further added, “Listen, before you judge. We have become a generation of instant gratification.” Shoojit and Abhishek both agreed that society will ‘rethink’ and that is a welcome start.
Abhishek shared that he took a deliberate two-year sabbatical from films to reevaluate and reenergize the way he was working. He candidly confessed, “Complacency is the death of creativity.” They both expressed how great actors, like Amitabh Bachchan go the extra mile to make sure every little nuance and aspect of their character is well fleshed out. Juniour Bachchan unabashedly declared, “Failing publicly is humiliating; to rise again one needs courage & love.” He further added, “Movies to me is a commercial art; once the ticket is bought, I owe the audience, I need to guarantee you entertainment.”
“Films are a business, but for me it is a creative platform,” said director Shoojit Sircar.
At the end, both speakers discussed their passion for sports especially football with utmost zeal.
Both stalwarts answered questions from the curious forum with utmost honesty and humour, which left the Ladies mesmerized by the magical evening. Altair served sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine on the rooftop overlooking the Kolkata skyline.