the house in juhu

In the 15 adult years I’ve lived in Bumm-Bumm-Bhole-Land, I don’t remember how many times I must have told a rickshaw wala, “Juhu, near Amitabh Bachchan‘s bungalow”.

If you are going to Prithvi theatre, then you say, “Take it right from Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow”. Or now, “Take it right from Amitabh Bachchan’s old bungalow”.

Even if all you are doing is going to the bank next to his house, or the apartment building on the other side of the road, or passing by towards Juhu Chowpatty, you look at the large wooden gate, and the security people outside, and speculate is he in, is he out. And on a Sunday, when there is a crowd outside the house, waiting for him to give his weekly salaam, you snigger a bit at the crazy fans, and feel superior to them.

And then yesterday, when I said to the rickshaw-wala, “Juhu, Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow”, I really meant, “Juhu, Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow” and I was so kicked about it, that I let the rickshaw-wala take me to the old house, and then said, “No, no, he doesn’t live here any more, I want to go to the new house.”

And I’m not even a crazy fan of Mr. Bachchan.


      • Was she as sour as she looks? Did he move from the house in Juhu? Aren’t both of his houses in Juhu? Sorry, I’m a little confused by this…
        πŸ™‚ Call me a firangi.

        • Memsaab, Actually he now has 3 houses in Juhu. One the old house, Pratiksha, which is the real landmark in people’s minds. Now the house he lives in on another street. And a house which functions as an office. All within a block of each other.

          No, no, Jaya Bachchan is actually very sweet and warm, and looks much more relaxed in real life than she does on screen.😦

          • I’m glad to hear it, I want Guddi to be happy.

            So he doesn’t live in Pratiksha or Jalsa (?) now? I thought Jaya lived in one house and he lived in another. And actually, never mind. I don’t careπŸ˜€

          • Memsaab, he lives in ‘Jalsa’. His parents used to live in ‘Pratiksha’. His office is in ‘Janak’.πŸ™‚

            And why would Jaya and he live in separate houses?πŸ™‚

  1. He actually comes out for a weekly salaam? :-)) He should have a jharokha-e-darshan like the Mughal emperors used to have: step out on the balcony, wave a regal hand around, bestow a smile on the public, step back in and go have breakfast…

    • Probably does. I can’t see him coming out on the street. He’d be mobbed. Well, he does have a huge painting in the style of a Mughal miniature with his life and himself as an emperor depicted in it. Made by a fan.πŸ™‚

  2. I’m a fan (not crazy but a fan) of Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan’s acting delights me. It must be nice to meet her. Please more details if you have any.πŸ™‚

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