Amitabh Bachchan has always supported people around him and the biggest example of that is his makeup artist Deepak Sawant who has been doing the makeup of Bachchan from last 45 years.
Deepak Sawant has now turned a producer. He has already made three Bhojpuri films—Ganga, Gangotri, Ganga Devi—and one Marathi movie titled Akka. And all of them have featured Amitabh Bachchan.
Now he is foraying in the world of Bollywood, and in his first Hindi political drama is titled ‘The Great Leader’ which stars Big B. This will be their fifth collaboration. On Saturday Amitabh Bachchan interacted with media to promote ‘The Great Leader and during the media interaction, Bachchan stated that Indian films never degraded women.
‘The Great Leader revolves around corruption and violence against women, talking about a subject of women empowerment Bachchan said, “I feel we should always give the equal position to women in our society as they are the half population of our country. I have already declared that after my death, my entire income and property will be equally divided between my son and daughter so through this film also we are trying to spread that word”
“If you see our film industry itself you will see that we never degraded women in our Indian films. I feel times are now changing if you see in the field of politics or corporate women are doing a great job along with their male counterparts and film industry is also no exception to that. I started working in this industry from 1969, earlier women not used to involve in filmmaking apart from heroin and heroines mother and now if you visit a film set you will see half of the film crew includes women and they do impeccable job in their respective departments and it feel great to see them work in that manner”
Talking about ‘The Great Leader’ film, Bachchan said, “The subject of the film is really good. There is violence against women in different parts of our country so this film revolves around that issue. I am playing father of the hero and Jaya ji (Bachchan) is playing my wife in the film and me really proud to be part of this film”
When asked about collaborating with Deepak Sawant for the 5th time for a movie, Bachchan said, “I don’t feel like he is my makeup artist. I have always treated him as part of our family and while shooting the film, first he does my makeup then he becomes director, producer, set designer, and even crowd controller. He has made this film is very limited and correct budget. He has been working with me for last 45 years and I am very thankful to him that he worked with me for such long period of time”
Amitabh Bachchan is working with Jaya Bachchan after a long time in ‘The Great Leader, sharing experience about working with Jaya Bachchan, Big B said, “I haven’t worked with Jaya ji for the longest time. My last Hindi film with her was ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’ so after that whenever we have worked together that is in Deepak’s film so I feel all credit of that goes to Deepak for time and again bringing us back together onscreen. Both, Jaya ji and me believed in thought of this film and we were more than happy to be part of this film”
‘The Great Leader is directed by Abhishek Chadha. Apart from Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, it also features Gulshan Grover in lead roles.