Amitabh Bachchan reportedly cannot tolerate Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai licking chocolate off each other’s body in the upcoming film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Period. Not happening. He has conveyed his emotions to filmmaker Karan Johar, asking him to cut that sizzling scene. I think he will cut the scenes. It may not be wise to upset the Bachchans, although I wonder what Aishwarya feels about the whole issue. Was she pushed into doing those intimate scenes by a convincing, pleading Karan? Or was she okay doing them? If she was comfortable and the story required the intimate performance, then Big B should have been alright with it, in keeping with the spirit of cinema.
But he is family and has every right to express his feelings for a fellow family member. It’s only confusing because he has always maintained an entirely different thought process all along. He has always been an advocate of tasteful intimate scenes, done in tune with the script. I can only guess that any intimate scene involving Aishwarya will be in good taste. If he still protested, I will have to say he has double standards.
But he is Amitabh Bachchan, and he cannot get away with hypocrisy all the time.
Previously, the Bachchans were unhappy with their would-be daughter-in-law kissing Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2. At that time, in order to save face and project a more accommodating nature, the Bachchans insisted that they are professionals and they don’t interfere in Aishwarya’s career in Bollywood.
Amitabh Bachchan’s overt disapproval, not for the first time, of some of her roles reflects a dominant male personality. Husband Abhishek Bachchan has not spoken on the issue, perhaps because it’s not really an issue.
Most movies are laced with intimate scenes and the Indian society has come to accept it gracefully. It is no longer considered vulgar if done artistically. Big B has seen the transition before his eyes. In fact, he has been a part of it.
It’s really very simple and it’s ok. Any father would feel uncomfortable at seeing his daughter indulge in intimate scenes for public consumption. Amitabh Bachchan was no different, making him ordinary, really. In future, when he talks about the evolution of Hindi cinema in every way, I will take it with a pinch of salt.