Aug 042014


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:
Drew from A Fistful of Films (Charlie Chaplin to Jason Statham)
Sati from Cinematic Corner (Jason Statham to Michael Haneke)
Alex from And So It Begins (Michael Haneke to Stephen Dillane)
Steven from Surrender to the Void (Stephen Dillane to Ingmar Bergman)
Chris from Movies and Songs 365 (Ingmar Bergman to Toshiro Mifune)
Josh from Cinematic Spectacle (Toshiro Mifune to James Stewart)
Shane from Film Actually (James Stewart to Spike Lee)
Tom from At the Back (Spike Lee to Birth of a Nation)
Jay at Life vs. Film (Birth of a Nation to Daniel Bruhl)
Steve at 1001plus (Daniel Bruhl to Vinnie Jones)
Chip at Tips from Chip (Vinnie Jones to Jean Gambin)
and finally Shantanu Ghumare at U, Me and Films (Jean Gambin to Amitabh Bachchan)

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.




3. Now Naseeruddin Shah was in the exceedingly awful and incredibly The League of Extraordinary Gentleman (Stephen Norrington, 2003) with veteran actor Sean Connery




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 Knowingwhich 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 popcultureDave’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.

  8 Responses to “Six Degrees of Separation Blogathon”

  1. Ha – barring the Joel Edgerton shortcut (via Great Gatsby to Star Wars Ep. II, with Rose Byrne), I’d have figured the quickest link would be from Amitabh to Aishwarya Rai (now his daughter-in-law, with whom he appeared in many Bollywood films) via someone like Martin Henderson (Bride & Prejudice); but, it turns out she was in Mistress Of Spices with Ayesha Dharker, who was then in Star Wars Ep. II with Rose…sometimes the fastest way isn’t the most fun!

    • AH, but you had that knowledge of their relationship which I didn’t, so I don’t think I would have found that route easily. The Great Gatsby would have been the easiest link, but considering that was the way in, I didn’t think it was fair.

      • I like Pilou Asbæk a lot, too – have you seen Borgen? GREAT political drama! I’ve yet to see A Hijacking, but he also hosted Eurovision this year…!

        • I haven’t seen Borgan but I really want to. I must say I was surprised when he popped up on Eurovision – it took me a while to figure out where I knew him from.

  2. You are most welcome!

    Wow! I Love your connections. I was able to do it in 4 but I used Gatsby in 1 and I am not sure if all my connections share screen in their respective films. So, considering that, even I would prefer your way out. 🙂

    • I’m pretty sure they all share screen time, which is why I didn’t change to 4 steps and the X-Men: First Class route. It was really fun, so thanks again for tagging me.

  3. I did it in four, but I used The Great Gatsby to start, although via a different connection. Bachchan was in The Great Gatsby with Carey Mulligan, whose first film was Pride & Prejudice with Talulah Riley playing one of her sisters. Riley was in St. Trinian’s with Russell Brand, who was in Get Him to the Greek with Rose Byrne.

    • Nice! St Trinian’s is a horrifically awful film btw… I think I made it much harder by not using Gatsby to get out, but the challenge was a little more interesting for me that way.

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