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I haven’t done anything to invite hatred: Big B

There’s never a dull moment when you’re Amitabh Bachchan. Constantly surrounded by controversy, the living legend of Bollywood puts across his point of view in a chat with Arnab Goswami.

Do you write your own blogs? It has been suggested that they are so elaborate that Mr Bachchan would not have the time. He is getting it written by somebody else.

Well… I can invite you to come and sit with me while I write them but that would be very uninspirational (laughs). But I do write my own blogs. I have found a medium through which I can keep in touch with my fans on a one-to-one basis. I write something and I get responses within seconds. It’s not all praise. There is a lot of abuse.

Do you respond even to those who abuse?

Absolutely. I feel that abuse comes out of hatred. I also feel that I have not done anything that could invite hatred. I believe that there are misconceptions in the minds of people who write abuse. I think that I am justified in giving them a response for clearing my name.

A very strong comparison has been drawn to the Thackerays in your new film, Sarkar Raj .

It has not got anything to do with Balasaheb or his family at all. It is obvious that these comparisons will be made because it is Maharashtra and a Maharashtrian family. But there is no deliberate intent of making any comparisons.

We have so many political dynasties. Yet somehow film makers have desisted from making movies about them?

I have admired Oliver Stone who made JFK, who actually went behind the assassination and put across a theory, though the formal version is totally opposite of that. But I think that’s what freedom of expression and its interpretation truly is. And I think that as a democratic nation, we need to exercise it more often.

Ram Gopal Varma is determined to make a sequel of Aag . Do you regret having done the last movie and would you do the next one?

I don’t regret anything that I do. But obviously the film was panned and I would not want to be associated if RGV wants to make another version of it because I think once is enough and I have done it twice.

(Excerpts from a special episode of Frankly Speaking with Arnab. The full interview can be seen at 2:30pm &
8:30pm on June 8, only on TIMES NOW)