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Amitabh BachchanIt is absolutely marvelous to be with children: Amitabh Bachchan
05th May 2008  09.01 IST
By Agencies  

Bollywood mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan describes his experience of working with children in Bhoothnath , slated for global release on May 9, as "absolutely marvelous".

The 65-year-old Bachchan, who was in London in connection with the launch of the film on Sunday said in an interview, "It is absolutely marvelous to be with children. They come without any baggage. They are efficient and full of surprises. We always have to be on high alert as they give 100 per cent. Kids and animals can upstage you and destroy your job."

About his experience of working with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan in the film after a long time, Bachchan said: "Fine, just like any other colleague."

In 'Bhoothnath', directed by Vivek Sharma , Bachchan plays the role of a ghost which is very protective of the house he inhabits because of a history of a wrongdoing against him, thereby preventing anyone to live there until a family with a little boy finds residence in it. He develops a kind bond with the boy Banku who believes he is not a ghost but an angel.

About his forthcoming world tour alongwith his son Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai , Bachchan said: "We are doing it in July-August and it is to the western hemisphere, the UK, Europe, America and West Indies. Then we come back." He said preparation was going ahead on schedule.

The Big B added that he plans a memorial for his late father Harivansh Rai Bachchan, a distinguished Hindi poet whose contribution to literature, the actor feels "cannot be ever challenged".

"We want to do things in his memory, be it in the field of remembrance, research or in any other field but we will do it," Bachchan said.

Declining to give details of the scheme, the ace actor said: "Yes, you will know about it. But his (Harivansh Rai's) contribution to literature cannot be ever challenged".

Harivansh Rai was a distinguished Hindi poet of 'Chhayavaad' (romantic upsurge) literary movement in early 20th century and was best known for his collection of poems 'Madhushala'.

Bachchan said he derived his strength from his family, especially parents. "Yes, our parents have been our life and strength. They shall remain with us... I think of them and remember them every step of my day."

Responding to the recent tirade launched against him by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Chief Raj Thackeray, Bachchan said, "It is a free country. Everyone has a right to say and feel what they like. I must follow the law of the land and I must follow the Constitution. I must follow my conscience. That is what I have been doing."

Talking about opening a school after his daughter-in-law Aishwarya in Uttar Pradesh, he said, "A promise to the people of the region was made a year ago. We kept our promise and have laid the foundation stone for the school. It will now be built and become operational. I will be involved in funding the construction and will be part of the administration through a trust."

Juhi Chawla , who plays the role of mother of Banku played by Aditya Sharma , said "it was great pleasure being part of 'Bhoothnath'. I was thrilled to do this film."

"It is a kind of film that all age group can see," Sharma said adding his message to children through the film is "never leave your parents".

Producer Ravi Chopra said, "The only person who could make the film, 'Bhoothnath', happen was Amitabh Bachchan. Now after having seen the film, I feel the journey was well worth it. The film has worked out better than I had imagined and I am happy that it's going to be part of the bouquet of the films that carries the name of BR."

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