In his over four decade tryst with the Hindi film industry, actor Amitabh Bachchan has witnessed a continuous shift in the movie-making business, and he credits most changes to the "different and unusual" demands of the youth.
"It has changed a lot and is changing," the 72-year-old veteran told IANS when asked to define the taste of audience now-a-days and whether people go for the stars or scripts.
"I think the younger generation is dictating what it wants. They want to see something different, something which is not usual and that's how cinema is progressing," he added.
Big B spoke to IANS on a visit to Delhi for the promotion of his forthcoming film Shamitabh, where he is sharing screen space with much younger actors like Dhanush and Akshara Haasan. He hopes Shamitabh turns out to be a project that adds to the bundle of new ideas, concepts and thoughts prevalent today.
"There is huge progression as far as that thinking is concerned," said the thespian in his distinct baritone.
He's as impressed by his co-stars Dhanush and Akshara as he's with the young audience.
"This younger generation is wonderful to work with. They do their role, they come prepared, and every day is challenging for all of us," he said, adding that they work together as professionals "for the film and for the product".
"I have great admiration for Dhanush and Akshara," said Big B, and praised the fact that younger film stars today are very competitive, but still appreciative of each other's work.
"They are very focussed, aggressive, determined and well-equipped. They know exactly what they want to do, how they want to do it, where they want to go and that just makes them very attractive and I am very impressed by them," he said.
Big B, Dhanush and Akshara's Shamitabh, directed by R Balki, is set to release on February 6.
Sharing the reason behind it, the National Award-winning thespian and Padma Vibushan awardee said: "Every day I get goosebumps. I'm very apprehensive about what will people think.
I think what any creative person thinks, especially if you are putting out your product to people who are spending money to see it, then obviously you want that they appreciate it and get their money's worth. Obviously there are going to be apprehensions and tension."
The story of Shamitabh revolves around the journey of different individuals to stardom and how it eventually results in ego-clashes - something that commoners relate with the glamour business and the stars.
Mr Bachchan, who has often stated that he doesn't believe in ego, said that in personal life, he has never entertained that attribute.
"It (ego) means that I have excelled in something or I am better than million other people whom I know. So, no, I never entertain that quality. Ego doesn't exist for me," said the actor, who at his age, is among the busiest Bollywood stars.
From work on the television to shooting multiple films, ad commercials, working for social causes and keeping in touch with his "extended family" on social media and now also working on the commentary for the India and Pakistan match during ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - Big B has his hands quite full.
"I have to honour my commitments, so I just go and honour them. I go out and do it with the best of my ability," he said.