I went completely besharam-Abhishek Bachchan
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; July 8, 2012)
Comedies always seem to work for Abhishek Bachchan and it’s turning out to be no different for the actor in his most recent release Bol Bachchan, where his performance is garnering much appreciation. But while the industry’s talking of the genre being lucky for the actor, Abhishek waves it off. “Lucky or not, I don’t know. I really don’t believe in all that, but all I know is that it is the film that works, not the genre,” he says. And as we catch up with him for a quick tete-a-tete, the actor also talks about being back on the wish-list of filmmakers and reveals why he’s taking a break from experimenting on screen…
Q: The slapstick kind of comedy you have done in Bol Bachchan is a far cry from your real wry sense of humour…
A: Yes, the film’s comic pitch was completely different from anything I have done before and yes a far cry from my own sense of humour. But that was the challenge for me… to completely give in to the role. Rohit (director Rohit Shetty) and AJ (actor Ajay Devgn) just told me to become completely besharam and just go all out and that’s what I did. Just threw caution to the winds and went completely besharam (laughs).
Q: So are you having the last laugh as far as your detractors go?
A: I don’t hold any grudges, so there’s no question of any last laugh. I am too happy with the response the film is getting to think about all of that. Right now I am just celebrating, taking blessings from my parents, hugging my wife and daughter, and gearing up for my next film (Dhoom 3).
Q: But how does it feel to suddenly be back on most top filmmaker’s wishlist?
A: To be honest, it feels really good to have filmmakers appreciate your work. I have been through the phase where people didn’t want to work with me, of people not taking my calls, so now I am really happy to see their confidence restored in me. I don’t take this or success for granted at all. It restores my own confidence in myself as an actor, after there being phases when I have doubted it myself.
Q: Now that you have found your comfort space in the hardcore commercial zone, are you still as keen on experimenting with your roles?
A: No, I don’t want to experiment any more, atleast not for a long time (laughs). It’s seldom that the audience decides to love you like this and the worst thing would be to not consider what they want to see you do. So, for now I just want to do what the audience wants and do more commercial fare.
Q: Are you waiting to show your films to daughter Aaradhya?
A: She’s too young! I haven’t even thought about it. I’ll let her decide what she wants to see, but yes I will hope she chooses my films (laughs).