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On television, it has to be the Bachchan family, who may yet establish a monopoly on reality shows in 2010. Ash too has been made an incredible offer

By Subhash K Jha and Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; December 30, 2009)


Barely has the Big B concluded hosting Bigg Boss 3, we hear that he has been roped in for the next season, apparently at a much heftier fee than the reported Rs 1.5 crore he was paid per episode. The show begins in the second-half of 2010, after Abhishek’s game show Bingo plays itself out.

Amitabh Bachchan says, “There are some other television offers. I’m considering them. It wouldn’t be prudent to mention their names at this point. Yes, the channel has expressed a desire to continue the relationship.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Amitabh Bachchan Abhishek Bachchan

They are also going all out to woo Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, apparently to host a chat show. Convincing Aishwarya at this stage of her career when her calendar is full is proving to be problematic.

But as a senior person from the channel says, “We’re on the job. We never planned to get both, Mr Bachchan and Abhishek. But now that they’re on, we’re getting ambitious.” Apparently they plan to rope in the entire Bachchan parivar in one capacity or another.

Meanwhile, Abhishek is gearing up for his debut as a TV host on the show National Bingo Night. He says, “I have been getting quite a few offers in the recent past for television. I loved the show as it has a special connect with the viewers. They can participate, play the game and win sitting at home. I loved the uniqueness of the theme.”

Talking about competing with his father who has just finished hosting Bigg Boss 3, he says, “I don’t think about these things or I will lose focus. Once I am in front of the camera, I am going to be myself. I have always maintained that it is a great honour to be compared to the best. I will do what I have to do which is to go out there, play the game with the contestants and have fun on the show.”

Ram Gopal Varma and Amitabh Bachchan have hissed, and now made up. Big B to play a judge in Ramu’s next, a film on our judicial system
By Subhash K Jha (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 26, 2009)

Ram Gopal Varma

Amitabh Bachchan

We all thought Ram Gopal Varma was done with the Bachchan family, on screen. After Sarkar 2, there was a fair amount of tension brewing between the Bachchans and RGV. Now, Ramu says that he is actually done with the Sarkar family, not the Bachchans. That’s why, it seems, Sarkar 3 was shelved. Ah well, all’s well that ends well… It’s evident that if friendships are fickle in Bollywood, so are fall-outs.

To prove that all is now well, Amitabh Bachchan is set to do yet another film with Ramu.

Ramu who is at the moment poised to release his next film another shiver-giver Agyaat and also putting finishing touches to his film on the electronic media Rann, will now do a take on the loopholes in the judicial system, in which Bachchan will play a judge.

Yet untitled, the film is inspired by the rather curious run-ins Ramu has had with the judiciary where he was questioned about his own version of the national anthem in Rann.

Says Ramu, “We’re starting a new film together in January 2010, about the judicial system. Mr Bachchan plays a judge.” It’s a first for the Big B who has played everything from a cop to a mafioso in his career, but never a judge.

First things first, wasn’t there a fall-out between the Bachchans and Ram Gopal Varma and wasn’t he recently quoted as saying that his screen relationship with the Bachchan family is over? Replies Ramu, “I never said that. Whether it’s the Bachchans or Nitin Reddy whom I have brought from Kannada cinema to Hindi films for Agyaat, I’ll always work with actors I think to be suitable for my films. Whether they want to work with me or not, is entirely up to them. I’ve never said my screen relationship with the Bachchans is over.”

So why was Sarkar 3 shelved? “There never was a Sarkar 3! I’m done with the Sarkar family, and that’s what I said,” says Ramu. “I never said I was done with the Bachchan family. I’m doing another film with Mr Bachchan in January not because I want do another film with him, but because he suits the character in my film perfectly. I’ve never worked with stars, only with actors.”

Ramu will himself produce the new film with Amitabh Bachchan.