Monday 28 January 2013

Cutting Chai with Bhawana Somaaya - Day 27

B for Bachchan V for Vocabulary
27. 1. 2013, Mumbai

People often ask me why three books on Bachchan? The answer is his body of work is too vast to encompass just one book. I have another funny answer which is if Satyajit Ray is allowed to do a trilogy on Bachchan then I should be forgiven to do three books on Bachchan!

Jokes aside the idea for Amitabh Lexicon came to me almost 11 years ago when I was heading the creative team for a portal to be launched on the actor, probably among the first of its kind in the web world. One day, I was amidst friends and everybody suddenly started conversing in dialogues from famous Amitabh Bachchan scenes. It was interesting that everybody connected with each other through what seemed like an alternate language. The book is a compilation of selective words from the alphabets of the English language associated with different scenes from the actor’s body of work: fans will, I’m sure, want to take it to another level or create their own variations.

Aamir Khan on Lexicon: Amitabh Bachchan films are a textbook for every actor and symbolize popular culture for his fans. Over the years, lines spoken by him have generated an alternative language for film buffs. Lexicon captures the actor’s iconic scenes into a fun dictionary that celebrates the magic of Bachchan cinema. "A spectacular book and a fitting tribute to the superstar’s majestic career."

Vidya Balan on Bachchan : Rishte mein toh hum tumhare baap lagte hain…Amitabh Bachchan is the baap of Indian cinema.  

Abhishek Bachchan on Lexicon and dad: What an Idea Sirji!!

Bhawana Somaaya/ 
Amitabh Lexicon link

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