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‘No one can step into Paa’s shoes’

bollywood Updated: Jul 04, 2011 18:41 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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A day after Bbuddah Hoga Terra Baap (BHTB) opened in theatres, actor-producer Abhishek Bachchan reveals that he and his 68-year-old father will work together in a film next year. His production company AB Corp will produce the film that revolves around a father and son.

Considering the company’s first project Paa (2009) was also about a father and son, is this some kind of a sequel to the National Award-winning movie? “No way!” says Abhishek, adding, “That child Auro died in Paa, remember? So, how can there be a sequel? Or actually wait a minute. If Vidya’s character gives birth to another baby, then we can have a sequel, and call it Maa. But that’s still a figment of my imagination.”

When asked what the yet-to-be titled project is about, the father-to-be informs us that it’s an emotional story, but with a funny twist. “Trust me, we don’t want people going to the theatres with tissue papers and handkerchiefs,” he says. “With this film, we want to purely entertain. It’ll be a fun, commercial movie. The last such movie where I worked with dad was Bunty Aur Babli (2005). It’s been long overdue, because Sarkar (2005) and Sarkar Raj (2008) were serious movies.”

Abhishek BachchanWith BHTB, Abhishek brought back his father’s hit dialogues. And one of the first few posters of the film had Vijay Dinanath Chauhan… poora naam written on them and Karan Johar’s Agneepath remake became an instant reference point. Does he intend to remake any of his films? "An entire generation has grown up watching my dad’s movies. The dialogue has superb recall value. So, we decided to use that for our film’s promotion. We weren’t trying to attack Karan and Hrithik’s (Roshan) remake."

As for his father’s movies, Abhishek insists that they should never be remade. "Some things are best left the way they are. I don’t see any actor stepping into my father’s shoes. The only one who can technically do that is his son. And I’m daring to take that route," he says. "I wish Karan and Duggu well. They’ve discussed the remake in passing. From what I know, it’s a completely different film. And I know, they’re not out of their mind to make a movie that even remotely looks like a disaster."