I hate to say this. But AB is a grumpy old man. I am not a big fan of his acting skills nor his star power. Never fell into the “angry young man” bandwagon in the 1980s, thankfully to my geography. I have known several friends and family members of mine who still think the Amitabh of the 80s is/was the “handsomest” thing to have happened to the Indian movie scene. I, for one, never could find any logic in that belief. The same thing holds true if a South Indian friend of mine had claimed that Rajni Kanth was the definition of “heroism”in his heyday. Anyways, the point being I was never a fan of AB the actor, nor AB the person. Without getting into any controversies, let us just say, AB the person, had ruined many a career during his peak.
But of late, I have been an admirer of his writing skills and his ability to express his views very clearly and sometimes poetically. (All thanks to the wonderful world of Blogs…)..But all only till the other day, when he started digging his own grave for his public image in his senile age. Someone of his stature, should take extra care in what he expresses and how he expresses his views in a public forum, even if it is his personal blog.
I am not unhappy that Mr. Grumpy old man, AB didn’t enjoy the movie SdM – but his hypocrisy is what that bamboozled me. In my humble opinion, he should be one of the last members of the Bollywood fraternity complaining about projecting a murkier image of India through movies..to the west. Which imaginative world is he living in? I don’t understand the underlying logic.
Enough said about the Old Man, of whose words I had some respect for till the other day. Mr. Grumpy Old Man!