This Friday, Abhishek Bachchan’s first whodunnit, Game, was unveiled in theatres. The film has been shot predominantly in Greece, Turkey and India. Abhishek had earlier been to Istanbul for Guru (2007). He returned to shoot in some of the same locations and was welcomed back with cries of Maiya maiya… “The Turks love Hindi films and many of them are still singing the item song from Guru that featured Mallika (Sherawat),” he smiles.
Point out that the title track of another of his forthcoming films, Dum Maaro Dum, featuring another item girl, Deepika Padukone, has upset many, including the Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971) filmmaker Dev Anand who doesn't like his cult song being remixed, and the actor reasons, “We bought the rights to the song legally, then used portions of it to create our own track. I know it pales in comparison to Dev saab and his work but it’s our song."
With two big releases, Game and Dum Maaro Dum, April could be Abhishek Bachchan’s month. He retorts, “Let the month end before jumping to any conclusions. I hope the audience doesn't come out disappointed.”
A mischievous SMS was doing the rounds about him being the killer in Game, days before the film's release. He wasn’t worried. “The key to a good mystery is how you tell the story and half the fun lies in using the clues to figure out the end. At times, I’ve gone back to see a film to piece the whole thing together again,” he argues. “As I grew older and watched more films in the genre, I got better at the guessing game.”
Quiz him on his favourite murder mysteries and from the Sherlock Holmes stories, he picks Hounds Of Baskerville (1939). And from the Agatha Christie collection, he singles out three movies featuring Hercule Poirot - Evil Under The Sun (1982), Death On The Nile (1978) and Murder On The Orient Express (1974). Another AB choice is Clue (1985), based on a board game by the same name. In keeping with the nature of the game, it was released with three different endings, each theatre getting a different climax.
On his own chiller thriller, Abhishek says, “It would be presumptous to call myself a desi Bond but it’s a character I’ve never played before and I thoroughly enjoyed making the film.”