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Dilli meri jaan

entertainment Updated: Feb 11, 2009 17:39 IST
Minakshi Saini
Minakshi Saini
Hindustan Times
Dilli meri jaan

Abhishek Bachchan has a love interest other than wife Aishwarya — it’s saddi Dilli that Junior B has fallen in love with.

“This city is very close to my heart,” says the actor, whose film, Delhi 6, is releasing this week. “I have great childhood memories of this place. The Delhi winter is just wonderful. My grandparents used to live here. My sister and her husband live in Delhi with two lovely kids.”

Family is not the only reason why he loves the Capital. “Being a Mumbai guy, I like the space Delhi has. The people here are very hospitable and loving. Also, the food in Delhi is superb,” says the star, who has lost 15 kg for his next film, Ravana, despite his love of food.

And, of course, there are dilli di kudiyaan. “Well, well, well… they very friendly and nice,” says Abhishek — you can almost hear him grin. “I have studied here for one year, when I was in Class IV, at Modern School Vasant Vihar and made friends I keep in touch with.”

His alter ego
Roshan Mehra, his character in Delhi 6, is “very close” to what Abhishek Bachchan is, says the actor. “That’s one of the reasons why Rakeysh [Omprakash Mehra] cast me. Like my character, I have spent a lot of time abroad. Roshan Mehra was born and brought up in New York and looks at the goings-on here from a different perspective.”

His co-star Sonam Kapoor has declared that she believes Abhishek and herself to be among the best on-screen couples Bollywood has every seen. “Oh really, how sweet is that,” exclaims Abhishek. “I have become a big fan of Sonam,” he adds. “For somebody so young and only doing her second film, delivering the kind of performance that she has is fantastic.”

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