“Jab mann ka ho toh acha, na ho toh zyada acha. Kyuki fir voh upar wale ke man ka ho raha hai”
These were the words used to kickstart the Valedictory ceremony of ‘Symbiosis literary fest 2020.’ We were all graced by the virtual presence of legendry film actor and a national icon, “Sri. Amitabh Bachchan.”
Mr. Bachchan has won numerous laurels in his career, including four National Film Awards as Best Actor, Dadasaheb Phalke as lifetime achievement award and is currently Professor Emeritus at Symbiosis University. The chancellor Dr. S.B. Mujumdar, warmly welcomed Mr. Bachchan and the session was moderated by Ruchi Kher Jaggi.
Mr. Bachchan began by congratulating symbiosis for completing fifty glorious years and envisaged studying there. Throughout the session, he shared many personal stories and words of wisdom by his father, Late. Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He talks about how media is the fourth pillar of democracy and goes on to joke about social media being our fifth. “If you’re trolled, you know where you went
wrong” he says. The panel then reminisced about the trip taken by Mr. Bachchan
to symbiosis back in 2014.
On being asked about his feelings when ALL INDIA RADIO turned him down, he said that he was born with the voice and could have done nothing about it. He went on to praise the iconic voice of Melvin D’Velo who was the voice for AIR at that time. Talking about cinema, he believes that the writer is the most important person in a movie. He is constantly inspired by roles he plays, from the no nonsense lawyer in PINK, to the ageing teacher of a deaf-blind girl in BLACK, he broke down multiple times during shooting, ‘To be able to take up these challenges are tough’ he adds on.
Students were now free to pose their questions directly to Big B. When asked, ‘At this age, where acting is not about earning money anymore, what drives you to still work? Owing it all to audiences, he said that his passion is enough for him. “Sometimes we succeed, lots of times we don’t, and that’s life.” He said. Even after suffering from major illnesses throughout his life like: Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and recently COVID-19, when asked if he could change anything in his life, he said that he would not want to live life again, the exact same way. This humility is what left the panel exalting him.
The session was concluded with Mr. Bachchan reciting the poem, ‘Reed ki Haddi’ and a vote of thanks from Dr. Rajani Gupte. That day, many students struck one thing off of their bucket list.