Amitabh Bachchan filming on public streets does garner plenty of interest. Calcutta is seeing the better end of sightings with the actor back to film in the city. Last year, he visited the City of joy and rode a cycle when filming for Piku. This time, he’s filming for Ribhu Dasgupta’s TE3N, and is seen riding an old Bajaj scooter.
Wearing his salt and pepper hair with elan, scenes with the actor riding to someplace seem crucial to the film with filming including various location and change of clothes. In one scene, Nawazuddin Siddiqui is seen riding pillion wearing an all black ensemble accentuated with by a clerical collar.
On his blog, the actor chronicles the leg of this journey. No doubt, Calcutta is special to him, reminiscent of a dear past and the early days.
This is what Amitabh mentions about the experience –
“Bahut samay baad , Kalkotta ki sadak par scooter chalaya .. itni saari yadeein saamne aa gayein .. bagal mein chalne lagein .. hamare saath khelne lagein ..
aise mauke jeevan mein bahut kam aate hain ..
inhe sambhal ke rakhna chahiye ..
Apni vesh bhusha badal li aur .. Nawazuddin Saheb ko peeche baitha liya ..”
“After a long time, rode a scooter on the streets of Kolkata. Too many memories came back, walking besides, playing with me. It is rare to find such occasions in a lifetime. We should keep them carefully. Changed my get-up, and with Mr Nawazuddin my pillion, we roamed.”
Bachchan is also seen stopping by at a phone booth. The Kolkata sojourn sees the actors travel along by Maidan, Park Street, Ballygunj, RaceCourse and Red Road in search of a job, and using the unique tram service. A stop at the magnificent Victoria Memorial also meant a phuchka treat.