Aamir Khan on Black, Amitabh Bachchan

Seems like Amitabh Bachchan (AB) cannot stand Aamir Khan's commentary on Black (2005). I understand AB's viewpoint (remember he starred in Black) on 'you have to show evil to defeat evil', but although I acknowledged that Black was a well-made film, I must side with Aamir here in that Black was indeed much like The Taming of the Shrew, and that more importantly, it was very very disturbing, at least in the first hour.

Read this article: Another Khan versus Bachchan battle. My thoughts: I cannot believe people argue over who is right. I would not give my child (or anyone's child, for that matter) to a drunkard, EVER, let alone tolerate anyone beating my child as badly as AB was shown doing in the film. Over the top, indeed. I agree completely with this from Aamir's latest blog post. Graceful comments, strong message, tough to disagree:

On my comments on BLACK, let me start by commenting that I have the highest regard for Mr Bachchan and I am very big fan of his work. Probably one of the biggest. I believe that he along with Mr Dilip Kumar are among my two favourite actors of Indian Cinema. I have no hesitation in saying that I don''t even feature on the same platform as an actor. He is also in my opinion THE biggest star that Indian Cinema has ever seen. However as any member of the audience I too have a right to my opinion. And let me also clarify that my observations were towards the film and the way it was handled not towards any of the actors. I am very aware that the key of every performance is very much determined by the director.

My big exception towards Black is the fact that a child with severe difficulties is shown being illtreated instead of being treated with love, care and understanding. I simply cannot come to terms with that no matter what the writer and director say in defence. I thought I was watching a rip off of Taming Of The Shrew!!! I take great exception to this kind of behaviour towards children being glorified and propagated through a popular mass medium as the way to deal with children with or without difficulties. I, without any hesitation, strongly condemn this kind of cinema no matter who is involved with the film, and that includes me if I ever have in the past, present or future made such an error of judgement.


Anonymous said...

Aamir was asked by someone, he did not intentionally bring up the issue of Black. What Black portrays about the approach to treat ill person is wrong, and Aamir Khan is right about that. Bachhan acts in a movie and does his best on what script and director wants to portray. It is an irony that Bachhan never studies whether movies message is right. Unlike Bachhan, Aamir only acts on movies that give right message in right way. He also gives the best performance. There is no actor like Aamir in today's bollywood. It might take time, but Aamir will surpass any star born ever and will be the brightest star.

theBollywoodFan said...

Agree completely, anonymous. In fact, I think Aamir is already there.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Aamir. I found that Bachchan's performance in Black was too melo-dramatic. There is no argument on Big B's acting talents here. They certainly do not need anybody's endorsements. However, if the Big B's perfomance in Black would have been toned down a little it would have been great film. I completely agree with Aamir that Bachchan overacted in a film that required underacting! And its the director's job to see to it that this doesnt happen.

Anonymous said...

If you dont want melodrama, dont watch bollywood.
Also, no one would have seen the film without these louder scenes.

theBollywoodFan said...

Anonymous 1 and 2: I agree that there's not much wrong with melodrama at all. However, I don't think Black needed the louder scenes for people to watch it. When you have Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Amitabh and Rani in a movie, people (myself included) will give it the benefit of the doubt. Besides, SLB is a lot better than needing these scenes to begin with.

That the scenes were integral to the film is what the issue was, and I tend to agree with Aamir's viewpoint here, criticizing the plot first. I think Aamir walked the talk with Taare Zameen Par. Which do we think brought about a more positive change? It might not be a fair comparison just as yet (one is two years older than the other).

Yet, having seen and liked Black, I can tell you that I did find some bits very disturbing. A teacher striking a student with a rule (as in Taare Zameen Par) hardly compares.

Do you agree/disagree?