The unthinkable has happened. The living legend of Indian cinema, Amitabh Bachchan, has been made to kneel down. And this has happened for a key sequence in ALADIN where the man, who plays the role of 'Genius - The Genie', is required to touch Sanjay Dutt's feet.
Says a source attached to the feel, "An important part of the film's narrative requires the character played by Amitabh Bachchan to surrender in front of Ringmaster, which is played by Sanjay Dutt. Though this was always a part of the script, there was all an around apprehension around the shooting of this scene. Sujoy and others feared how exactly would millions of Amitabh Bachchan fans accept this scene. For Sanjay Dutt too it was challenging since Amitabh Bachchan is too big a name to be kneeling down."
However, what everyone completely understood was the potential of the scene and how it contributed to the dramatic quotient. The film does convey the message of good's win over evil and a scene like this only heightens the impact of the final result. Moreover, to make matters easy, Amitabh Bachchan was game for the scene and didn't hesitate in going by the director's vision.
"That's the beauty of working with Mr. Bachchan", says Sujoy, "He lets himself be driven as wanted by the director. We were a bunch of kids wondering how to approach Sir to do this scene and there he was game to do whatever that went well with the character. He has always stated that once he is committed to a project, he doesn't protest on anything. This is why we could can such a crucial scene without any hindrance. It is indeed one of the highlights of the film."