Amitabh says he was "quite
well-behaved and obedient" on the sets unlike the "troublesome
child" he was called by Abhishek who plays his father.
"Abhishek must have been fooling around
when he said I was a troublesome kid. In fact, I was quite a well-behaved
and obedient child (on the sets). I followed all instructions
of the script and did as much mischief as the script and director
Balki required from me. It was all in good fun," Amitabh
In "Paa", Amitabh will be seen as Auro,
a 13-year-old suffering from progeria, a rare condition which
causes premature ageing among children. While Abhishek plays his
dad, Vidya Balan essays the role of his mother.
Amitabh, 67, had to wear over eight pieces of
specially crafted clay pieces designed by international make-up
artist Stephan Dupuis for his role and says he was pampered well
during the entire process.
"I was quite pampered on the sets. Actually
they (unit members) were more worried about the makeup as it was
very tedious. I used to have a lot of problem in breathing, eating
and used to feel itchy - but everyone was extremely courteous.
"I couldn't eat properly, couldn't speak
and liquid supplies were given to me using straws. Everyone was
quite nice to me and pampered me," he said.
But isn't he pampered much at home as well?
"Well! Of course, I am. But for 'Paa', I
was really pampered like a kid," he quipped.
Asked about the experience of playing his son's
son in the film, Amitabh said: "It was fine. It wasn't tough.
Actually, once you decide that this is a role you have to play
in a film, the father-son relationship takes a backseat.
"We just played our parts. For an actor,
I think it's all about catching the right attitude of his character
and that's what we have both tried to do."
Amitabh is all praise for Abhishek's acting skills.
"I think Abhishek is maturing with each
film. He really suited the role he has played in 'Paa' and I must
say he has done a marvellous job."
Amitabh is being lauded by film critics and industry
members for his portrayal of Auro. Many have called it "awesome",
"amazing" and his "best performance till date".
But Amitabh said humbly: "I'd rather wait for public opinion."
After "Paa", which is releasing Dec
4, Amitabh will be seen in Ram Gopal Varma's "Rann"
and Leena Yadav's "Teen Patti".
As of now, he can be seen as a host on reality
show "Bigg Boss 3", which airs on the channel Colors.