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Updated: December 8, 2009 17:09 IST

Films a unifying force in India: Bachchan

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Amitabh Bachchan feels India has the potential and talent to achieve excellent growth both in terms of quality and quantity of films produced annually. File Photo: Nagara Gopal
The Hindu Amitabh Bachchan feels India has the potential and talent to achieve excellent growth both in terms of quality and quantity of films produced annually. File Photo: Nagara Gopal

"Movie buffs in cinema halls are not bothered about which religion, caste and creed the person sitting next belongs to. They laugh together at the same jokes, sing the same songs and cry over similar emotional sentiments"

Mega star Amitabh Bachchan, who has been conferred with Asian Film Cultural Award for completing 40 years in the film industry, feels cinema is a unifying force in a country as diverse as India.

“Movie buffs in cinema halls are not bothered about which religion, caste and creed the person sitting next belongs to. They laugh together at the same jokes, sing the same songs and cry over similar emotional sentiments,” Mr. Bachchan said after receiving the award last night at the 8th Third Eye Asian film festival here.

The 67-year-old superstar described his 40 years in the film industry as an opportunity to be able to represent his creativity and art and project the country’s cinema to other parts of the world.

He said India has the potential and talent to achieve excellent growth both in terms of quality and quantity of films produced annually.

“Once when I was shooting in Russia, a local man emerging out of a theatre after watching an Indian film said that he loved Indian cinema because there is a dry tear on my cheek and smile on my face when the film is over,” he recalled.

Filmmaker Ramesh Sippy, who directed Bachchan in the 1975 classic ‘Sholay’ presented the award.

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