Amitabh Bachchan and My Puppets
I was cleaning my cupboard and I found a collection of old photos.And I remembered everything.Amitabh Bachchan was present for my show at Filmfare in 1980's.I performed my show and was sitting backstage.Amitji came along with Jayaji and met me.He appreciated my performance and told me to meet me immediately.I met him and he told me that he wanted to use my puppet in his film "Mahan", where Amitji played a Ventriloquist.So I operated the puppet from behind in the film, but it appeared to the audience as if Amitji was operating the puppet.It was great pleasure working with a superstar like Amitabh Bachchan.
Ramdas Padhye with his puppet "Ardhavatrao" along with Amitabh and Director S.Ramnathan
I have fond memories of shooting in Nepal along with Mr.Bachchan.In fact after that I had several occasions to meet him.I still remember performing at Abhishek's Birthday party when Abhishek turned 5.I am really lucky that this art of puppetry was appreciated and was used effectively by Superstar Amitabh Bachchan.
I thought of posting this, because the film "Mahan" will be aired on Set Max on 1st June,2008 at 12.00pm.So if anybody wants to catch up the film can do so.