Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan has been on
innumerable world concerts but says he is nervous about the 'Unforgettable'
world tour that kicks off in Toronto Friday because of the changed
mechanics, presentation and his age.
"It is frightening. The whole mechanics
of shows have changed. They have become technically savvy, more
organised, better presented and certainly their frequency has
increased," Amitabh told IANS in an interview.
"For me individually, the clientele has
aged and I wonder how the present generation will take to my presence.
But I'm the only oldie in the group so thankfully I could hide
behind the younger lot," the legendary actor said.
The first lap of the tour will be of about six
weeks and Amitabh will be accompanied by son Abhishek and daughter-in-law
Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Riteish Deshmukh,
Shilpa Shetty and Madhuri Dixit are also part of the troupe.
Excerpts from the interview:
Q: The 'Unforgettable' tour is around
the corner. How long would you be away and to which parts of the
world will it take you?
A: We shall be away for about six weeks. We'll
perform in Britain, the US, Canada, Trinidad (and Tobago) and
Q: There was a lot of speculation on
who were to accompany you on the tour this time. Are you pleased
with the final list of performers? And just for the record, who
A; There was never any speculation from our side.
It has Akshay Kumar, Preity Zinta, Riteish Deshmukh, Shilpa Shetty,
Madhuri Dixit, Vishal-Shekhar and their band, Shiamak Davar's
troupe, and, of course, the three of us.
Q; You've been on innumerable world concerts
- how different is it performing on stage today as compared to
the 1970s or 80s?
A: It is frightening! The whole mechanics of
shows have changed. They have become technically savvy, more organised,
better presented and certainly their frequency has increased.
For me individually, the clientele has aged and I wonder how the
present generation will take to my presence. But I am the only
oldie in the group; so thankfully I could hide behind the younger
Q: This concert is doubly special because
Aishwarya joins you and Abhishek. Would it be more difficult this
time to live up to expectations?
A: Living up to expectations is always a great
worry and apprehensions are mammoth. This time would be no different.
Q: Would you, Abhishek and Aishwarya
perform the by-now legendary "Kajra re" on stage?
A: Yes, we will.
Q: You've been rehearsing hard. How have
you found the time to do so and would the month-and-a-half long
concerts be a huge pressure on your time?
A: We rehearse after the other commitments of
the day are over. Mostly we are all there till past midnight.
Commitments are made after due planning and we will follow what
has been planned.
Q: Finally, how anxious are you about
going on stage this time with your family?
A: I am always anxious. This time will be no