Grandma's Tales

February 4, 2007

Amitabh & Shah Rukh Khan – should we compare? Update

Filed under: Games People Play,Language,Society — Geeta Padmanabhan @ 8:53 am

This will not be the last word on the subject from the parties concerned. Hey, it brings in ratings-worthy eyeballs, so we’ll stretch it as long as we can! This is the sequel  (threequel?) to the spat about who does KBC better. Agencies report:
“Let’s see what happens to him after 35 years,” was mega star Amitabh Bachchan’s reply to Bollywood Badshah Shahrukh Khan’s provocative posers that his time was over and he was old.
“Whatever he says is correct. I am old and he is young and I agree that he is smart and sexy,” the Big B said. For good effect, he added that he was “sexy Sam,” the character he had portrayed in the hit film “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna”.
But Bachchan accepted that Khan was the “reigning king of Bollywood”.

Khan, who recently replaced Bachchan as host of the hit TV game show “Kaun Banega Crorepati” had said, “I am sexy, smart and young, that was his century, this is mine.” While the two Bollywood biggies appeared to be engaged in a clash of Titans, Bachchan told Times Now channel that all the hype about the competition between them was just a media creation.
“It makes good copy so you people keep on writing about it in beautiful words,” he said.
Khan, who is said to be trying to step into the Big B’s shoes with projects like “Kaun Banega Crorepati” and the remake of “Don”, had said, “I have never imitated anyone. I am quite good at what I do.” Bachchan recently said he wanted to do more good work so that people could imitate him.
This will get to a point where the reporters will have some other story to follow. The story will go into cold storage or if the stars want a little more mileage off it, might agree to a mega patch-up. Wait and watch.
I asked my daughter who was better. “Ok, I’ll tell you this,” she said. “For the two years Big B was doing the show, I didn’t watch it at all. The day I got to know SRK’s KBC would be telecast here, I went out and bought myself a dish TV connection.”



  1. Hmm, sahi hai, see AB at age of 65 is beating top actors of today in roles and money and the popularity he shares, it is impossible SRK will able to do what AB is doing at 65, this should close SRK chapter, ratings of KBC-3 have falled within the first week of telecast, from 12.5 to a mere 5, so mr SRK you cant touch AB, haha,

    Comment by praveen — February 4, 2007 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  2. True, Praveen. Big B’s staying power is amazing! But then, so is SRK’s popularity! Whatever he loses in ratings, SRK will make up with hugs and freebies. He has been giving away watches. I’m sure there are a lot of guys out there who would give their right arm 🙂 to own a watch worn by SRK. They can talk about it endlessly, won’t you? And there is this other point. SRK is a hit with Indians abroad!

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — February 4, 2007 @ 9:36 pm | Reply

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