This year, Abhishek Bachchan completed 15 years in the film industry. Ask him about the journey, and the actor feels that it has been no less than “a roller-coaster ride”.
“You have this smile on your face when you get off a roller-coaster… achieving that smile should be your aim. I don’t like looking back over my shoulder. You have to look at the horizon and aim for it,” says the 39-year-old.
After starting his career with director JP Dutta’s Refugee (2000), Abhishek went on to star in films like Yuva (2004), Bunty Aur Babli (2005), Guru (2007) and Dostana (2008), among several others. Does he still remember his first shot? “Of course I do. We were in Bhuj, Gujarat, and JP saab would get Kareena (Kapoor Khan; his co-star) and me on the set every day in our looks for the film. We would just wait, while he completed his other work. Every day, anticipating the pressure that I would have to go through once the shooting starts used to kill me,” says Abhishek, adding, “After doing this for three or four days, I finally took off my make-up, changed my clothes, and sat in a bus to go back to hotel. Then an assistant director came running to me and said that the shot was ready. I was like, ‘There is no make-up’, and he said, ‘It doesn’t matter, it is a sunset shot.’”
Abhishek with his father Amitabh Bachchan.
Abhishek is currently looking forward to the release of his upcoming film, All Is Well. He feels the message of the film is something that needs attention. “It talks about family relationships, and a father-son bond. It made me ask myself whether I was a good enough son or not. I think I am one. I do what I can for my family. But if you ask me if I can be better or should I be better? That is something I do try for,” he says.
How is your kabaddi team performing this year?
We had a stumbling start, but they’re pulling back nicely. Losing five games can be deflating, but they are fighters. I have always told them that winning or losing doesn’t matter. Play with your heart.
While promoting your film on a reality TV show, you promised to dance with a contestant if she wins…
Yes, I have told Subhreet (Kaur Ghumman) that if she wins, then dad (Amitabh Bachchan), Aishwarya (Rai Bachchan; wife) and I will dance to ‘Kajra re’ (from Bunty Aur Babli) with her.
Is a sequel to Bluffmaster (2005) happening?
Riteish (Deshmukh) and I have convinced Rohan (Sippy; director). He’s working on a script. Hopefully, we should roll by next year.