MUMBAI: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, whose film Sooryavansham has completed 16 years since its release, feels the movie has a personal connect with many. The film is a 1999 drama that revolves around a man who defies his father’s wish and marries a woman, following which he struggles to make a living. Sooryavansham is the Hindi remake of the 1997 Tamil film of the same name that stars Sarath Kumar and Devayani.
“Sooryavansham … 16 years … many still watch this film repeatedly … it has a personal connect with many,” the 72-year-old actor tweeted. Taking to his blog to write about the movie, he posted: “It was a remake of a Tamil film that ran most successfully — the Tamil film — and carried a great challenge for the artist involved and for the makers in Hindi.” Reminiscing about the movie, he said that Sooryanvansham was shot in multiple exotic places, such as Sri Lanka, Gujarat and Hyderabad, as well as the “most picturesque parts of that emerald in the Indian Ocean”.
Directed by EVV Satyanarayana, Sooryavansham also features Jayasudha, Soundarya, Rachana Banerjee, Anupam Kher and Kader Khan. Soundarya, who was paired opposite the megastar in the film, died in an aircraft crash near Bangalore in April 2004 when she was on her way to Andhra Pradesh to campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party for the then upcoming elections. As far as his current projects are concerned, Big B is busy enjoying the success of Piku: the story about a father-daughter bond that has been received well at the box office. It is a simple tale, told in an endearing manner, which people of all age groups can relate to.