Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was in for a Hindi movie dialogue rehearsal when he sat down with Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and director Zoya Akhtar for a chat in the presence famous names of the Indian film industry in Mumbai.
At the end of their conversation, Shah Rukh got up and asked Bezos to repeat after him the iconic dialogue, “Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi namumkin hai”, from his hit film Don.
For the billionaire’s convenience, the superstar replaced ‘Don’ with Bezos and the Hindi word ‘namumkin’ with its English translation ‘impossible’. “Jeff Bezos ko pakdana mushkil hi nahi impossible hai,” Bezos finally said.
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) January 16, 2020
During the conversation, Jeff Bezos also revealed that he had “begged” for a role in Star Trek movies for a really long time and his wish was finally fulfilled with the 2016 movie Star Trek Beyond.
“I got that role by literally begging… For years, I would go to them when they were making a new Star Trek film. And I would say, ‘I would like to be in the film’ and they would say no. I just kept after it,” he said. The billionaire had appeared as a Starfleet official in the Justin Lin-directed sci-fi movie.
Jeff Bezos called Shah Rukh Khan one of the most humble people he had met, prompting the actor to say, “It is because my last few films have not worked.” He further said he does not like it when he is over-scheduled as he likes some time to think and have some freedom of movement.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) January 17, 2020
Actors Kamal Haasan, Vidya Balan and her producer-husband Sidharth Roy Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal, Ritesh Deshmukh and wife Genelia, Pankaj Tripathi and Vivek Oberoi were among those who turned up for the event.
Shah Rukh Khan and Zoya Akhtar’s chat with Jeff Bezos was followed by a performance by music maestro A.R. Rahman. Bezos was on a three-day visit to India which he kick-started by visiting the Mahatma Gandhi memorial.
Jeff Bezos said that Amazon Prime Video is doing better than expectations in India and he has decided to double down the investment for the streaming service in the country.
The streamer also unveiled seven more shows that will soon be joining its exclusive Indian content slate. The shows are Dilli, Bandish Bandits, Paatal Lok, Gormint, Mumbai Diaries-26/11, The Last Hour and Sons of Soil- Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Fun and learning evening with the Zordaar #Zoyaakhtar & the Zabardast @jeffbezos Thanx everyone at @PrimeVideoIN for arranging this. Aparna, Gaurav & Vijay Thx for ur kindness. @AmitAgarwal ur bow tie was a killer… pic.twitter.com/RQUi0854PZ
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 16, 2020