He may be playing a wheelchair bound character in his upcoming film Wazir, but megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he never felt that his role was physically limiting in the movie as he was too excited to tackle it in the first place.
The Bejoy Nambiar-directed thriller is about the unusual friendship between a paralysed chess grandmaster named Pandit Omkarnath Dhar, played by the 73-year-old actor and Farhan Akhtar’s Danish, who is an ATS officer.
Bachchan depended on Nambiar and says his approach to the role in the movie was assisted by the director.
“I do not think it was limiting... It was exciting to be doing a role that I had not done before... The approach to the character was dictated by the director,” said Bachchan.
The actor feels Wazir has the potential to be a great thriller, thanks to its unique storyline, which will keep the audience hooked to their seats.
“Its story is unique and the way it has been presented is also intense and intriguing. It is a thriller with drama and emotion.” Wazir, which will hit theatres this Friday, has been produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who had initially planned to make the film in Hollywood.
Bachchan, who made his Hollywood debut in 2013 with a special appearance in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, said he would love to do the Hollywood version of Wazir if approached.
Besides being busy with the promotions of Wazir, the actor is also shooting Sujoy Ghosh-produced Te3n in Kolkata, which is again a thriller. But Bachchan attributed the back-to-back thrillers as a mere co-incidence and not a conscious choice.
“I have not found a liking for thrillers .. Thrillers have found a liking for me,” he joked.
In the past decade, the actor has donned challenging characters in films like Black, Sarkar, Cheeni Kum, Paa and Piku.