Abhishek Bachchan owns two sports teams — a football team and a kabaddi franchise. In fact, he says he has been a sportsman all his life. “I have loved watching and playing sports since I was a kid,” he says.
Ask Abhishek if he is also interested in buying a cricket team, and he says, “I don’t think so. I don’t know much about cricket. Also, I want to get involved in a sport that I can make a difference to. Cricket doesn’t need any help. Be it the infrastructure or players, cricket is brilliant in our country. That is why I want to be associated with a sport where I can contribute more.”
On the work front, Abhishek, who has produced Paa (2009), says he isn’t “working on anything as of now [as a producer]”. He adds, “Last year, we produced Shamitabh and co-produced Piku. This year, we are co-producing a film that has dad (Amitabh Bachchan) and Shoojit (Sircar; film-maker) working together again. But there’s nothing that I have actively produced. Honestly, between my films and teams, I haven’t had the time to dedicate to production.”
Meanwhile, even as talks of Don 3 are creating a buzz, Abhishek maintains that he does not want to reprise his father’s roles in remakes. “It’s like opening the floodgates. Being his fan, which film of his would I not do? You want to do all his films as a tribute, but you later realise how badly you have messed them up. I don’t think anyone can do a better job than what he has done. So I say no, and stay away,” he says.