‘Big B’ Gives A Speech In Hindi At Cannes

imagesNew Delhi: (IANS) It was a “historic moment” for Amitabh Bachchan to be invited to open the prestigious Cannes International Film Festival with his “The Great Gatsby” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio. Big B made the experience more special by addressing the audience in his mother tongue Hindi.

“Truly a historic moment for me, but immensely historic and honourable for the Indian film industry, a fraternity that I am and shall always be most proud of,” Bollywood Amitabh posted on his blog srbachchan.tumblr.com. The Cannes extravaganza celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema this year, and Amitabh was there also for the premiere of his Hollywood debut movie ‘The Great Gatsby’. The 70-year-old veteran was truly delighted at the importance given to him at the fest.

It was an “emotional” experience, he shared on Twitter. “The honour and respect meted out by Cannes, incredible. Announcing suddenly for Leonardo DiCaprio and myself to open the festival. With the entire world film fraternity at Cannes, applauding and welcoming our presence, treating us like royalty … it`s emotional.

“For a complete alien in the midst of Cannes to be acknowledged, is the proudest moment for me as an Indian. Acknowledging Cannes in recognising 100 years of Indian cinema, it was absolutely imperative for me to address, in my mother tongue,” posted Big B.

He shared how the “director of Cannes (was) delighted to hear the `music of the Hindi language` spoken” as “it brought in the universality of the occasion”. Big B also loved watching “The Great Gatsby”, directed by Baz Luhrmann.

“I loved `The Great Gatsby` better the second time … understood the nuances, the words, the pathos and energy,” he added.

The actor plays Meyer Wolfsheim in the $125 million 3D project, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald`s novel of the same name.


Leonardo DiCaprio Loved Reading ‘Great Gatsby’

Movie Poster of 'The Great Gatsby'
Movie Poster of ‘The Great Gatsby’

Los Angeles: (IANS) Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio says it was quite intimidating working in ‘The Great Gatsby’, based on such a well loved novel by author F. Scott Fitzgerald. DiCaprio is playing Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann`s adaptation of author F. Scott Fitzgerald`s book ‘The Great Gatsby’.

The movie sees DiCaprio reunite with Luhrmann for the first time after ‘Romeo + Juliet’ but the actor says that it was a tricky project.  “It`s one of the most beloved novels of all time,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted DiCaprio as saying.

“It is a great piece of American literature and everyone has their own personal connection with these characters and these people and they have their own interpretation of Gatsby,” he said. “It`s intimidating going into a process where you`re going to make a film adaptation of something that is this intricate complex and beloved worldwide because you`re almost setting yourself up for disaster,” he added.

‘The Great Gatsby’ is slated to release May 16.


First Look: Trailer For ‘The Great Gatsby’ Released

Hollywood’s premier director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby’ has been a closely guarded secret since the filming of the movie began. With only selected stills released for the media consumption it was felt that the producers should release the trailer as well. The trailer for the movie has now been released online.

The trailer looks impressive as Jay Gatsby played by Leonardo DiCaprio is shown partying with girlz in flapper dresses dance . Toby Maguire, Carey Mulligan and  Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan  who plays Meyer Wolfsheim are also shown in the trailer. Take a look.