MUMBAI: On Sunday cinematic history of sorts was created when showman Subhash Ghai walked into icon Amitabh Bachchan’s residence Jalsa.
They had not visited one another for the last 25 years.
Though the two stalwarts in their respective fields may have exchanged pleasantaries at public events over the years, they have been for all practical purposes on non-talking terms ever since their film together ‘Devaa’ was scrapped after the first few days’ shooting due to “creative differences” between the two.
Today Ghai after a fruitful meeting with Amitabh Bachchan describes those differences in a different language. “It was my arrogance that saw the shelving of ‘Devaa’ or you can call it my ignorance. Either way I was to be blamed.” he said.
The friction over ‘Devaa’ is over. Now it’s time for the blame game to be shelved. On Sunday Ghai met Bachchan at Jalsa. The two reminisced over old times. Says a source, “Devaa was not even mentioned. Subhashji has a completely new project in mind. It’s the kind of role and film that Big B has not done before.”
Interestingly Bachchan, who is recovering from a major surgery and post-surgery complications has decided to focus at the moment on the next season of ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. As far as movies go he has only given the nod in principle to Sudhir Mishra’s ‘Mehrunissa’.
Ghai therefore comes in at a very interesting juncture in his life when the actor will work most selectively. Says a source, “The project that Subhashji wants to do with the Big B is a big wide-screen spectacle in the genre of his biggies with Dilip Kumar Vidhaata, Saudagar and Karma.”
When contacted Subhash Ghai tried to play down his excitement about his personal and professional reunion Bachchan. “I went to meet him at his home with no hidden agenda, just to catch up on him and wish him speedy recovery. It was long due. I am his admirer. I’d love to work with him. We need a great script. I consider him the best actor in the country after Dilip Kumar,” he said.