Big B to make Hollywood debut

The Indian star joins DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan in a new adaptation of classic novel The Great Gatsby

Afp September 08, 2011


Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will appear in his first Hollywood film alongside Titanic hero Leonardo DiCaprio in a new adaptation of classic novel The Great Gatsby.

The 68-year-old Indian star joins DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan in Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s version of the 1925 novel by F Scott Fitzgerald. Big B, who has a fanatical following all over the world, has starred in over 150 Bollywood films in a 40-year period. In 2008, he released his first English-language film, The Last Lear.

Warner Brothers said in a statement that shooting for The Great Gatsby started this week and Bachchan will play Meyer Wolfsheim, a Jewish man described as a gambler who helps the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby make his money.

Meanwhile, Maguire, star of the Spider-Man franchise, plays Nick Carraway, the would-be writer and narrator of the novel, who comes to New York from the Midwest in 1922 to make his fortune. DiCaprio, on the other hand, plays the lead role of Jay Gatsby, while Britain’s Mulligan plays his lover, Carraway’s cousin, Daisy Buchanan.

Luhrmann, who has spoken about his love for Bollywood movies in the past, and used a popular Bollywood song “Chamma Chamma” in his 2001 musical Moulin Rouge, said he was “personally thrilled that one of the world’s greatest screen legends, Amitabh Bachchan, is joining the cast”. “Over the years, Bachchan’s films have made a tremendous impression on my life and work. His film Sholay was my introduction to Indian cinema,” Luhrmann told IANS.

The film is being made on a $150 million budget and due for release next year, according to The Great Gatsby has been adapted for cinema four times previously, including in 1974 with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.


Published in The Express Tribune, September 9th, 2011.

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RizwanTKhan | 9 years ago | Reply

As much I loved Amitabh all my childhood and teenage time, the roles he took in his old age period has forced me to hate him. It appears as if younger Amitabh is not the same person as this aged Amitabh. Two different persons.

Do Pal Ka Shaayar | 9 years ago | Reply

A wonderful narrator. (Hear his narrative in Satyajit Ray's Shatranj Ke Khilari) An average actor. (Watch his attempt at loud histrionics ... in almost any movie.) All the same ... a 'presence' due to his imposing height.

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