Jaya Bachchan has been working on conceptualising an art exhibition, along with Piyush Pandey, for Bachchan’s birthday on October 11. The two-day exhibition, called B Seventy, will open a day after Bachchan’s birthday at the Nehru Centre Art Gallery, and will host artworks created by 70 Indian artists from across the world.
Jaya and curator Sapna Kar reached out to the 70 artists and asked them to create their interpretation of Bachchan in the form of an artwork which could be called an inspiration or a tribute.
The effort resulted in names like Anjolie Ela Menon, Akbar Padamsee, Badri Narayan, Satish Gujral, Gieve Patel, Manu Parekh, Paresh Maity, Jayasri Burman, Arzan Khambatta, Farhad Hussain, Satish Gupta, Sujata Bajaj and Praneet Soi, among others, coming on board.
And the artworks reflects their individual styles. For instance, Khambatta’s sculpture depicts Bachchan on the ‘KBC chair’, which he has called the throne. It’s the artist’s representation of how Bachchan’s career got a fresh boost after KBC. Ritu Kamat’s work focuses on 786 in reference to Bachchan’s near-fatal accident on the sets of Coolie, when Muslims across the country believed that Bachchan was saved because he was wearing the lucky number 786.
All the works have also been catalogued into a book, with stories about each artwork and how the artist has interpreted the actor in his work.