Abhishek Bachchan has two distinct roles in his forthcoming comic caper, Bol Bachchan. While one character is loud and over-the-top, the other is a sober dancer. And neither, director Rohit Shetty insists, is modelled on Amol Palekar’s dual avatars — Ramprasad or Lakshmanprasad Sharma —in Gol Maal (1979).
“When I revisited Gol Maal three years go, I felt it could lend itself to an interesting script. We’ve taken the basic plot idea of a man lying to save himself from Hrishida’s (Hrishikesh Mukherjee) movie, but given our screenplay a completely different spin. But we wanted to acknowledge our inspiration. That is why we have bought the rights,” explains Rohit.
He admits that he wrote the film with Abhishek in mind and that’s why one of the characters is called Abhishek Bachchan. The film’s title, Bol Bachchan, came about after a plot-changing incident.
“When I was narrating the script and the name popped up, Abhishek looked at me and said, ‘This must be your idea,’” Rohit says, adding that Amitabh Bachchan too had a ‘What-are-these-kids-doing’ reaction when approached to sing and dance in the title track.
“He gave us five days and while picturising the song, he got nostalgic and reminisced about how Abhishek had turned up in a pram on the sets when ‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves…’ from Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) was being canned. Also, during Trishul (1978), my father had been behind the camera the same way that I was now.”
Rohit is quick to refute rumours that not just Abhishek’s double role, but even Ajay Devgn’s Prithviraj Raghuvanshi is nothing like Utpal Dutt’s Bhawani Shankar from Gol Maal.
“Ajay can’t be the father of the bride, can he?” Rohit argues. “In fact, we’ve done away with Bindya Goswami’s Urmila and brought in Asin and Prachi (Desai) as the romantic interests.”
That apart, Bol Bachchan has a lot more action. And after five superhits — Golmaal (2006), Golmaal Returns (2008), All The Best (2009), Golmaal 3 (2010) and Singham (2011) — when Ajay and Rohit come together, kids invariably ask what new car stunts they can expect in their upcoming films.
“We have a thrilling bus sequence. Our audience won’t be disappointed,” promises Rohit, who will flag off an action film with Ajay soon.