I was asked by Shantanu at U, Me and Films to participate in the Six Degrees of Separation Blogathon, a blogathon started by Nostra at My Film Views. The aim – connect two actors in less than six steps. My assignment, connect one of India’s biggest stars, Amitabh Bachchan with Australian actress Rose Byrne.
This is a list of those who have tried their hand at this thing before it was passed on to me:
I must say I was a little worried when I realised my starting man was Amitabh Bachchan. He may have almost 200 acting credits listed on IMDB but only one of those was in an English-speaking role, for The Great Gatsby. Shantanu had used The Great Gatsby as his final link from Gambin to Bachchan, so I didn’t want to use the same way out. My approach? Well I looked through Bachchan’s roles and clicked on his co-stars until I found a link through one of them to a film I knew. My Indian film knowledge is embarrassingly small so it’s really only through the power of IMDB that I managed to do it.
Much like Shantanu, I too decided that as long as the two actors were both credited in a film on IMDB, then that was a good enough connection for me.
My connect from Amitabh Bachchan to Rose Byrne went as follows:
1. Amitabh Bachchan worked with Shefali Shetty (on the right in the photo above – I couldn’t find a shot of just Shetty and Bachchan) in The Last Lear (Rituparno Ghosh, 2007), a film which screened at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. I didn’t know Shetty’s name, but when I looked at her filmography, I realised I had seen her in something before
2. That something was Monsoon Wedding, Mina Nair’s beautiful film from 2001. In that film was with her (although I found it impossible to find a photo of just the two sharing a scene) was another powerhouse actor with almost 200 acting credits on IMDB, Naseeruddin Shah.
4. Is it just me or did Sean Connery go from ageless to really old in almost an instant? He looked so chiseled for years and then suddenly life caught up. One of his last proper action roles was alongside Nicolas Cage in The Rock (Michael Bay, 1996). Wow, there was a time when Michael Bay and Nicolas Cage were both something….
5. Cage proved to be the final link in the chain. He starred with Rose Byrne in the 2008 sci-fi film Knowing, which was filmed in Melbourne, Australia.
After I finished writing up the post I realised I actually could have done it in 4 steps. Jason Flemyng, who starred in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen with Sean Connery, also stared in X-Men: First Class with Rose Byrne. I don’t remember if they shared a scene though, so I decided to stick with the 5 steps I had already written.
Well that was a fun way to spend an hour or two. Thanks Shantanu.
I’m going to pass the baton to my friend Dave Crewe at cc popculture. Dave’s challenge is to link Australian actress Rose Byrne with Danish actor Pilou Asbæk, who was absolutely brilliant in A Hijacking and surprised me by popping up in a small role in a film currently in cinemas.