His last film, Happy New Year, broke records at the box office. That was last year and since then Abhishek Bachchan hasn't had a release. However, that doesn't mean he doesn't have much on his hand. The actor was busy shooting for Hera Pheri 3 and Housefull 3 and is now readying for the release of Umesh Shukla's All is Well. In between, he is also taking out time to attend the matches of his kabaddi team, Jaipur Pink Panthers.
Naturally, Abhishek is super busy but he doesn't mind his hectic work schedule. As we sit down for a lively chat, he greets us with his trademark smile. Without wasting time we ask him if he is finding enough time to spend with his family. "Of course, I am spending time with my family too. I am balancing things perfectly. I have been shooting continuously and now my film releases and at the same time the kabaddi league too is underway. It looks hectic but I believe if things are planned properly it isn't that difficult," he says nonchalantly.
Given that his team won the inaugural edition of the kabaddi league, Abhishek is brimming with confidence. He is hopeful about his team doing equally well this season too. "We are the defending champions and this time the team's even better. A few rules have changed and now we can field 25 players instead of 14, which is an advantage for every team. This season is special for all of us. Pa (Amitabh Bachchan) sang the National Anthem live on the inaugural day. It was a touching moment for us," he says.
So, did he play a crucial role in getting Amitabh Bachchan on board, we ask. "No no, not at all," he laughs, adding, "It was the channel's idea and I feel it's an interesting concept. This season the National Anthem will be performed live before every match and it will be done by an iconic person in every city…like Saurav Ganguly and Usha aunty (Uthup) will perform in Kolkata. Sunidhi (Chauhan) will perform in Rajasthan and so on."
That said, Abhishek is hopeful about his upcoming projects. He has quite a few films up his sleeve and is upbeat about them. His upcoming film is a light-hearted comedy and his last release too saw him in a similar role. Is he more comfortable doing comedies? "This isn't a planned move. Happy New Year was a comedy but prior to that Dhoom 3 saw me in a serious role. It's not that I am choosing comedies. It's only that now my next three films are comedies. I have always believed in variety and have done films that have given me a scope to perform," he says.
The actor, however, says that his upcoming release isn't typically a comedy. "There is a message that we want to give in a very subtle manner. That's what Umesh (Shukla) is known for. His last film, Oh My God! too despite being a comedy had a strong message to give. In fact, that is what made me choose this film. There are certain values we forget. We as children are slowly forgetting things like taking care of our parents or even asking them a simple question like how are they. They care so much for us...call us if we will be late…if we have had our food, but seldom do we call up and do the same things. If we simply call them and say mom, I love you, it will make their day. This film is about re-instilling these values. My other two films are definitely comedies but that's just a coincidence," he laughs.
He had earlier shared screen space with Asin in Bol Bachchan and working with the actress on this film certainly made him feel a lot comfortable. "I think everyone is comfortable working with Asin. She started working at 14 and this is her 25th film. Asin always keeps to herself on the sets and she is very sublime when it comes to performing. There were times when I felt telling her, 'Asin say your dialogues with some more effort, give some more stress' but I never did that because she might have felt bad. But the best thing is that when you watch the same thing on screen, you will find a complete change. She has this ability to light up the screen with her performance. Moreover, she is always very quiet on the sets and I am always having fun," he says.
That Abhishek is a prankster isn't unknown but the actor says that he always loves enjoying on the sets. "I don't know what a prankster means though everyone calls me one but I certainly love having fun on the sets. Even Ajay (Devgn) is like that. I think almost every actor in Bollywood loves having fun on the sets. We are working throughout the day. It's a routine life and we too want to have fun. I don't see any point in being serious all the time," he smiles.
There are certainly more reasons behind this smile. His wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is set to make a comeback on the big screen with Sanjay Gupta's next, and Abhishek is super excited. "Even I am her fan. She hasn't done a film in the last five years and it's a very good film to make a comeback. I am excited much like her fans and we all are waiting for the film's release," he signs off.