"We are a a country where 50 per cent of the population is women and they are playing pivotal roles in all spheres. Assistant directors of 'Teen Patti' were also women and I was mighty impressed by their efficiency," the Big B told reporters at the unveiling of the first look of 'Teen Patti' directed by Leena Yadav and produced by Ambika Hinduja here.
Bachchan said the film which releases on February 26 was set in a university and he played a Mathematics professor doing a thesis on theory of Probability.
To a question on the coincidence of the number three in '3 Idiots' and 'Teen Patti', Bachchan remarked, "I only hope that our '3' should also perform well at the Box Office."
Referring to Mathematics, Bachchan said he never liked the subject as a student. "It is tough for most of us. But, this is just a film and I followed by director's instructions," he said.
Speaking about Ben Kingsley, Bachchan said, "I found Sir Ben to be a wonderful human being before encountering him as an actor. We did lot of reading rehearsals before shooting. When we met as ordinary people in our hotel room, he knew his dialogues very well. He is a considerate and well prepared actor and also a gracious man."
When asked why she decided to sign Kingsley, director Leena said she was on the lookout for an actor who plays a Mathematician whom Venkat Subramanium (Amitabh) looks up to.
"We required an actor of strong screen presence and thought that there was no one better than Kingsley," she said.
Leena said directing 'Teen Patti' was a learning experience because she was working with legends like Amitabh Bachchan and Ben Kingsley and also newcomers including Shradha Kapoor, daughter of actor Shakti Kapoor.