MUMBAI: Ladies and gentlemen, in a few months, you can enter the home of Bollywood’s legendary superstar Amitabh Bachchan. The Shehenshah of Bollywood has opened up his home for the very first time…
Before you start queuing up outside Pratiksha, let us reveal that the 70 year-old superstar has opened the doors to his ancestral home ‘Pratiksha’, albeit only for Anurag Kashyap’s film ‘Bombay Talkies’. The actor who has never allowed cameras inside his parents’ home, has now allowed the ‘Gangs of Wasseypur’ filmmaker Anurag Kashyap to shoot inside his palatial bungalow in Juhu, Mumbai.
Buzz is that when Anurag Kashyap approached Amitabh Bachchan to shoot inside his home, the actor graciously gave permission. Anurag’s film ‘Bombay Talkies’ is the story of a die-hard Bachchan fan, who has travelled all the way from Allahabad (which is, incidentally, where Amitabh is from) to meet Mr. Bachchan. The fan is trying to fulfill his dying mother’s last wish of feeding Amitabh Bachchan her handmade murabba (chutney). And so, Mr. Bachchan and his home were integral to the plotline of ‘Bombay Talkies’ which is probably why Amitabh allowed film crews to shoot inside his house ‘Pratiksha’.
Reportedly, the fan was allowed inside certain portions of Pratiksha like the driveway and reception area and, needless to say, this fan was beyond thrilled at the privilege. Says Ashi Dua, producer of ‘Bombay Talkies’, “Shooting at Mr. Bachchan’s home is a central part of the script. We are grateful to him for allowing us to access the porch and reception area of his bungalow. This is the first time that his house will be seen on celluloid.”
Kashyap’s ‘Bombay Talkies’ is touted as a landmark feature film, which will see a grand release on the centenary of Indian cinema, on 3 May when Bollywood completes a glorious 100 years. ‘Bombay Talkies’ is a series of films, which are an ode to cinema by four of India’s most prolific filmmakers; namely Zoya Akhtar, Dibakar Banerjee, Anurag Kashyap and Karan Johar.