I hope media does not bash me up after watching 'Rann': Big B

Last Updated 29 January 2010, 08:13 IST

Rann, which releases today, is directed by Ram Gopal Verma and depicts the rat race for TRPs in the growing electronic media in the country while giving ethics the go by.
The 67-year-old actor plays the role of a media baron Vijay Harshvardhan Malik in the movie who fights for upholding journalistic principles.

"I just hope you don't beat me up after watching the movie. As far as my role is concerned I think I have done justice with it in the film," Bachchan said talking to reporters at the film's red carpet premier here on Thursday.
'Rann's release coincides with the release of 'Ishqiya' that stars Vidya Balan, Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Varsi. Incidentally, Vidya played mother to Big B in is last film 'Paa'.
"I wish Vidya all the best and I hope the movie does well at the Box office," Bachchan said.
Meanwhile, Verma insisted that the film is not about media bashing and does not present the entire media industry in negative light.

"The film is not about media bashing, it just shows the rise of media and how business and politics affect its transparency. The potential is scary and that is what the film explores. I love the film and I hope the audience loves it too," Verma said.
Apart from Verma and Big B, the premier was also attended by the megastar's son Abhishek Bachchan, his wife actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and other actors from the movie including Ritesh Deshmukh and Gul Panag.
"Whenever my dad and Ram Gopal Verma come together they create something memorable for the audience, I think 'Rann' will be a very good film that you will enjoy," Abhishek said.

Ritesh, who plays an investigative journalist striving to dig out out the truth in the movie, said, "'Rann' is a battle between ethics and TRP's in the world of media. It's a different film but we have all worked very hard which you will see when you watch the film."

"We don't deserve a talent like Mr. Amitabh Bachchan"

Abhishek Bachchan was left in awe of his father, veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan's performance as a media baron in Ram Gopal Varma's 'Rann', so much so that he says India doesn't deserve a talent like him.

"We don't deserve a talent like Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Don't think we can make movies to fit his talent," Abhishek posted on his Twitter page.

Abhishek, who was in the capital Thursday for the premiere of "Rann", is also all praise for his friend Ritieish Deshmukh's performance in "Rann".

"Well done Riteish. His finest performance till date. Proved his versatility beautifully. Recognise people! Stop slotting him," he added.

(Published 29 January 2010, 06:01 IST)

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