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Jaya Bachchan thinks son’s ‘Happy New Year’ is 'nonsensical'


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  • Saturday, 15 Nov 2014

The Bachchans (from left): Abhishek, Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh and Jaya at the 20th Kolkata International Film Festval in India. -- AFP

The Bachchans (from left): Abhishek, Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh and Jaya at the 20th Kolkata International Film Festval in India. -- AFP

There’s nothing more embarrassing than having your parents discuss your work in public.

Bollywood icon Jaya Bachchan is not shy about criticising today’s movies, even if her own son stars in them.

The latest film she criticised was Happy New Year, which stars Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Abhishek Bachchan, her son.

Based on several media outlets, Jaya was quoted as saying at the recent Tata Literature Live Mumbai LitFest: “I watched it only because Abhishek was part of it. I told him he’s a great actor if he can act stupid in front of the camera like that. I couldn’t do it. But he did it so freely, I was impressed. 

"Of course I went and told the producer and the main actor of the movie that I’ve never seen a movie which was more nonsensical than this one. But he (Shah Rukh Khan) was so quick – an amazing man – he said, ‘But Jaya Aunty, not more nonsensical than Amar Akbar Anthony. And I said, at least it was entertaining.” 

Amar Akbar Anthony is a very silly 1977 film that starred Jaya's husband, cinematic icon Amitabh Bachchan.

Despite earlier media reports, though, Shah Rukh Khan has come out to say that all is still great between him and the Bachchans, and that he respects Jaya's opinions. 

Happy New Year is currently the biggest blockbuster in Indian cinema with a collection of over US$50mil (RM160mil) worldwide. “Unfortunately, cinema today is about business, not art. We call good films art house cinema. What does that even mean? All cinema is art,” Jaya was quoted as saying in another report published by an entertainment portal. 

“I can’t be part of what is being done in films these days and hence I don’t do films anymore,” she said to India Today. At the LitFest event, Jaya shared her views on the state of literature in today's world. 

A legendary actress in the Asian entertainment scene, Jaya, 66, has won numerous for her works like Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Nauker. — Source: Astro BollyOne HD 

   

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