Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has frequented Goa more than just any regular tourist. His connection to the state goes way back to the time when he started his career portraying one of the seven Indians who attempt to liberate Goa from the Portuguese colonial rule in the film ‘Saat Hindustani’. In this interview, the actor tells more about his fascination with Goa
Q: You have been to Goa for several times, for film shootings, inauguration of IFFI etc. how well you are connected to Goa?
Yes Goa has been very special to me and I wish I could have had a greater connect with it; I wish I could have a place of my own. I did make several attempts to get one but failed. However, Goa has always been so welcoming to me that I do not miss not having a home there – all of Goa is home to me!
Q: What memories of Goa would you like to share? Which is your favourite place in Goa?
My first film, my first and oldest fan Zarine, my film shootings and holidays spent with the family. There are so many memories. All of them are memorable and exciting. I do not have any particular favourite places, but there are several eating places that I have visited, hotels and locations all over the state, all have been unique and most impressionable.
Q: What distinct characteristics of Goa and Goans do you like the most?
The moment you land in Goa it seems like a great weight has been lifted off your head and being. One needs to just smell the air and there is a feel of relaxed temperament. Goans are fun loving, musical, football crazy, feni loving, siesta indulging people. There is a feel of freedom and liberty, of being what you want to be, and where you want to be. Unique! For me personally it has been a health resort of sorts. I do not know whether this has any meaning but as an asthmatic, whenever I visit Goa my asthma disappears. It’s the air I think and I wonder if it has some curing qualities!
Q: What kind of Goa would you like to see in future?
Goa is fine as it is, relaxed, filled with love and calm. It should remain so.
Q: Goa has been a permanent venue for IFFI. How can we develop the film culture here?
The fact that the authorities have chosen Goa as a permanent venue for IFFI, is proof enough of its importance for this International event. I do not think you need to develop a film culture in the state for it to host IFFI, it already has a film culture. Facilities have gradually grown in the region for an efficient and grand event such as IFFI to be conducted. I think there needs to be care in the management and administration of such large and important events. It is gradually happening and I am certain that with time and experience each year it will only improve.
Q: What kind of balance do you expect in development and preservation of natural resources?
Very important; I know that development is essential and needs to go hand in hand with the natural resources and the environment of the region. A system should be deployed where both sources are maintained and made to flourish simultaneously. Nature should not be tampered with, and if we can find a balance to allow that to exist along with technological progress, we would have kept that delicate balance that you question!
Q: How can we make Goa the best state to live in?
There is an inborn temperament of Goa. That should never perish!