He had to miss the annual 24-hour Le Mans car race in France on June 16 to finish dubbing for his upcoming film, Bol Bachchan. However, Abhishek Bachchan managed a short break with wife Aishwarya and daughter Aaradhya in London during which he attended British MP Keith Vaz’s fundraiser dinner organised by Leicester-based diabetes charity Silver Star. But contrary to reports, the Bachchans didn’t shoot for a public service film to promote the cause. Abhishek rushed back to Mumbai to join the promotions for Bol Bachchan, leaving Aishwarya and their seven-month baby to continue their shopping spree on Regent Street.
“I miss them,” admits Abhishek. “Being a parent is wonderful and it also makes you responsible as a person. I don’t mind staying up at night to play with Aaradhya. Actors are used to erratic working hours and going without sleep. Even now, when she’s away, I’m awake watching Euro 2012. Both dad and I are football fans and every night is a boys’ night.”
While Big B’s late night tweets after every match are extremely popular, it’s obvious Bachchan junior too is clued in to what’s happening on the field, even though he admits he’s never played football and was more into basketball. Prod him on which team he is rooting for and Abhishek says, “I thought Ukraine had a good chance but they were knocked out early. Right now, Spain and Germany look like the favourites.”
Abhi and his Paa
“I was a year-and-a-half when I went on the sets of Amar Akbar Anthony (1977) on the day that Paa was filming ‘My name is Anthony Gonsalves’.
I was too young to remember anything about the shoot but like any kid from the ’70s, I grew up dancing to my favourite song,” reminisces Abhishek who recently watched Amitabh popping out of an egg again to recreate the iconic moment for Bol Bachchan’s title track.
Quiz him on the recent shoot and he says, “I have danced with my father before in ‘Kajra re’ (Bunty Aur Babli, 2005) and Ajay (Devgn) has a great working relationship with him. We were both chilled out, it was Rohit (director Rohit Shetty) who was super excited!”