Mumbai — Amitabh Bachchan is teaming up with frequent collaborator R. Balki in upcoming film “Shamitabh” and the megastar says he is amazed how the director always comes up with unique scripts.
The 72-year-old actor has previously worked with Balki in films like “Cheeni Kum,” in which he played a 60-plus chef in love with a much younger woman, and “Paa,” which saw him enact the role of a child suffering from progeria.
"Whenever Balki comes to me with a script, my initial reaction is that he must be drunk — his scripts are so unique. When he narrated me the story of ‘Shamitabh,’ I was surprised. I had a similar feeling when he offered me ‘Cheeni Kum’ and ‘Paa.’ He was very clear about what he wanted from me, including my looks," Bachchan said during the film’s trailer launch here Jan. 6.
In the film, Bachchan will be seen sporting a rugged, unkempt look. "We got a few makeup artists from abroad, and they worked with my own makeup guy Deepak to create my look with the beard," he said.
“Shamitabh” also stars South superstar Dhanush, who is Rajinikanth’s son-in-law, and will mark the debut of Akshara Haasan, who is the younger daughter of actor Kamal Haasan and Sarika.
"I think each one of them had their own capacity and style and many times when you are working with the legacy of actors, or you come from a family of actors, the obvious comparisons start — whether you look like your father, whether you are acting like your brother, or you look like your sister. With Dhanush and Akshara, I would say they will create their own legacy," he said.
“Shamitabh” will hit theaters Feb. 6.
Watch the official trailer of “Shamitabh” below: