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Amitabh: Please call me an item boy

Last updated on: June 24, 2011 15:28 IST

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Sonil Dedhia in Mumbai

When Abhishek Bachchan addressed the media for the first time after his father Amitabh announced that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was pregnant on twitter, he was in a fun mood.

"The last time I addressed the media as a producer was for our movie Paa. This time, I am in front of you as a to-be pa," he grinned.

The media had been invited for a promotional event of the film Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap, starring Amitabh, and produced by Abhishek (A B Corp). It has been directed by Puri Jagannadh.

The father-son duo unveiled a new item song called Go Meera.

Dressed in a red blazer, white shirt and white trousers, Amitabh looked every bit the flamboyant hero that he does in the film. He arrived in a convertible Mercedes.

Abhishek wore a white T-shirt with a picture of Amitabh Bachchan printed on it.

The Bachchans distributed sweets among the media fraternity and thanked them for their wishes and blessings.


Image: Abhishek Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan
Video: Pradeep Bandekar
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Amitabh will be seen shaking his leg to his yesteryear hits like Khaike Paan Banarswala, Rang Barse, Pag Ghunghroo Baandh Meera Naachi Thi and Sara Zamana in a medley number in Go Meera.

The 68-year-old actor insisted that he should be called an item boy. "All these years, I have been desperately waiting to be called an item boy. Please call me that. I feel with this song, my wish has come true," he said.

While Amitabh's character in the film was director Puri's brainchild, the actor asked for certain changes to suit his sensibilities.

"When Puri Jagannadh narrated the story to me, there was a track I felt that won't go well with my character," Amitabh explained. "It was too frivolous and I was not comfortable with it. Puri readily agreed and we changed it."

He continued: "The track was that since he was a flamboyant character, he was involved in many extra curricular activities so different tracks with different ladies were added. I didn't think that was nice and needed, so we dropped it."

The film will also see Amitabh ride a Harley Davidson, sporting a very cool look. But that proved to be quite difficult for him. "I had a tough time riding the Harley. I am not very good with motorcycles. When I was told that I would have to ride one, I told to Puri that I would need seven-eight days to rehearse in a big ground. But suddenly one day, he told me that I would have to ride it then itself. It an amazing motorcycle, very heavy and powerful. Somehow, I just did it," he said.

Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap also stars Prakash Raj,  Hema Malini, Raveena Tandon, Charmy Kaur, Minissha Lamba and Sonal Chauhan. It will release on July 1.


Image: Amitabh Bachchan and Abhishek Bachchan at the event
Video: Hitesh Harisinghani
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