This cine god is associated with good cinema or shall we say, is another name for good cinema itself. Amitabh Bachchan likes Vidhu Vinod Chopra but what he likes even better is what Vidhu has done…Parineeta.
The superstar, who has lent the film a voice-over, takes us on nostalgia trip with Parineeta where he touches upon his Bengali re-connect, Pradeep da's obsession for details, the Kolkata of the sixties and what he thinks of Pradeep's debut effort on screen.
Here's Amitabh talking about the finer points of the film in a way only he can…
My Kolkata roots…
“To capture a place in its tense isn't very easy”
I kind of breezed through my roots when Vidhu narrated me the script of Parineeta. The one element that pleased me was that they have managed to recreate the authenticity of the time and place beautifully. My wife is from Kolkata, I too was in Kolkata looking for work at one point of time. I remember feeling nostalgic when I saw a few grabs of the film and that happens only when the place has been captured in its tense. When Vidhu showed me rushes of the film, the first thing I told myself was that, 'I hadn't seen anything so beautiful!'
The period look
“It felt like time had stood still!”
What most forget is that when you claim to make a period film, you have got to do full justice to its setting. It has to belong to the time and age. Most films fall short on this, but you'll have no such complaints from Parineeta. It was a beautiful rewind back to the bygone era. While watching the film, I can see the sixties Kolkata in each frame. It felt like time stood still.
The detail dinosaur- Pradeep Sarkar
“With him, the 'unnes-bees' ka farak doesn't exist!”
Pradeep is certainly one man who understands the power of the words, 'God lies in detail'. Most trip over this because it is highly consuming. The only other person I know who involves him in such extensive research is Sanjay Bhansali. With Pradeep, everything has to be exact; there is no room for compromise.