What were two of our top directors doing shooting with Big B at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai on Saturday? The shooting for an ad for a rice brand saw both Balki and Shoojit Sircar lining up to supervise Amitabh Bachcan’s shootings. But Balki made it very clear it was Shoojit who was calling the shots. Said Balki, “I am the head of the company that’s producing the ad. And since it is Mr Bachchan I am here sitting quietly watching Shoojit do his thing.”
Shoojit incidentally has a chequered history with Mr Bachchan. He has directed the Big B in a feature film Johnny Mastana that got into a copyright brawl involving two production houses. “But it’s always the greatest honour and pleasure to shoot with Bachchan Saab. Whether it’s a feature film or an ad he puts in an equal amount of passion in both. I am now looking at directing a feature with Bachchan saab,” says Shoojit. In fact Balki and Shoojit will start their respective feature films with Big B around the same time at the end of 2013.