Amitabh Bachchan talks about unmasking human nature, in his role as friend, philosopher and guide on Bigg Boss.
There must be something inherently charismatic about Amitabh Bachchan that makes a roomful of people break into spontaneous applause the moment he appears. Even when the people in question are experienced hacks who’ve been made to wait for 30 minutes, they’re completely in thrall with the man acknowledged as India’s biggest movie star.
There’s an easy nonchalance about the way the actor assumes full command of a situation and it’s certainly difficult not to admire the man’s energy—right after this media meet, he’s off to Delhi for another one. Seated on a throne-like chair, this is the first time Bachchan lets in on his role as the ‘pop philosopher’ on season three of Color’s hit reality show, Bigg Boss.
This new concept—Bollywood’s Boss meets Bigg Boss, as the publicity material states—and Bachchan’s decision to associate himself with a show known for its controversial content, raised quite a few eyebrows.
“What is life without controversies?” the thespian jokes, before explaining, “I’ve always been curious about human nature. I’ve often asked myself whether any man ever really shows his true face to the world or whether he’s always wearing a mask. Being part of this show will give me the opportunity to explore these questions and to, hopefully, come away with a few answers.”
The actor’s role as pop philosopher will see him analyse the behavior of the inmates of the house and contextualising events for the audience. He’ll even announce the evictions and talk to the evictees once they’ve left the house.