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Youth dictates progress of cinema: Amitabh

In his over four decade tryst with the Hindi film industry, Amitabh Bachchan has witnessed a continuous shift in the movie-making business, and he credits most changes to the ‘different and unusual’ demands of the youth.

“It has changed a lot and is changing,” the 72-year-old veteran told IANS when asked to define of the taste of audience nowadays and whether they go for stars or scripts.

“I think the younger generation is dictating what it wants. They want to see something different, something which is not usual and that’s how cinema is progressing,” he added.

Bachchan spoke to IANS on a visit here for the promotion of his forthcoming film Shamitabh where
he is sharing screen with much younger actors like Dhanush and Akshara Hassan. He hopes Shamitabh turns out to be a project that adds to the bundle of new ideas, concepts and thoughts prevalent today.

“There is huge progression as far as that thinking is concerned,” said the thespian in his distinct baritone. He’s as impressed by his co-stars Dhanush and Akshara as he’s with the young audience.

“This younger generation is wonderful to work with. They do their role, they come prepared, and every day is a challenging moment for all of us,” he said, adding that they work together as professionals ‘for the film and for the product’.

“I have great admiration for Dhanush and Akshara,” said Big B, and praised the fact that younger film stars today are very competitive, but still appreciative towards each other’s work.

“They are very focussed, aggressive, determined and well-equipped. They know exactly what they want to do, how they want to do it, where they want to go and that just makes them very attractive and I am very impressed by them,” he said.

Big B, Dhanush and Akshara’s Shamitabh, directed by the acclaimed R. Balakrishnan aka Balki, releases Friday.

And Amitabh has no qualms in admitting that despite delivering innumerable successful films and
receiving endless awards for his performances, he still gets goosebumps when his film is set to
hit the screens.
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