Years ago, when Kaun Banega Crorepati was blossoming and growing on television, I got the surprise of my life when one evening the host announced to a contestant from Patna that a very dear friend of his lived in that city.
It was a big moment and a turning point in my relationship with him. Until that point, I didn’t really feel close to him the way I did with his wife Jaya or his son Abhishek.In fact, I met him long after I got to know Jaya, one of my all-time favourite actresses and, to my good fortune, a close friend.
For a long time, I shied away from making an effort to connect with him.During my very first interview with him, I covered my nervousness with cockiness and said, “Jaya steals the show each time the two of you come together in any movie.”There was a disturbing silence. I squirmed. When like a fool I prodded him for an answer he replied, “What can I say to that?”Since then I’ve come to know it’s a part of Mr. Bachchan’s basic nature to suffer cockiness in silence.
Suffer in silence he did when he came home for dinner. Some time ago. That is a story I cringe at whenever I remember. You see,the security situation was such that he couldn’t be allowed to come to my home. But Amitji insisted.A promise for him was a promise.Whenever he visited Patna, he would visit me.