Amitabh Bachchan has always been extremely diplomatic when it comes to interviews and statements. But now it looks like he would prefer to be cautious when it comes to his movies too. Big B was all set to play a Pakistani protagonist in Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty’s directorial debut. Resul and Amitabh Bachchan have had a long association.
However, to Resul’s misfortunate, the relations between the two countries worsened after the attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama. The attacks were subsequently followed by airstrikes by India. The result was that even cultural ties between India and Pakistan completely broke down and Pakistani stars and singers were banned from Bollywood. Needless to say, Mr Bachchan decided to quietly leave the afore-mentioned project.
Says a source in the know, “Resul had been discussing the script for his directorial debut with Bachchan Saab for two years now. Bachchan Saab loved the peace message in Resul’s Indo-Pak story. Resul waited for Bachchan Saab’s dates and they were finally supposed to go on the floors, when because of the worsening relations between the two countries, Bachchan Saab had second thoughts.”
Perhaps it is the right decision considering the very negative sentiment towards Pakistani artistes in India currently. Why would the actor court controversy by playing into the hands of the radical elements who would accuse him of being “anti-national?”