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Not all’s lost for AB baby

Filmmakers come to Abhishek’s defense, urge him to move on after Raavan.

entertainment Updated: Jul 14, 2010 01:28 IST

The completion of a decade in actor Abhishek Bachchan’s Bollywood career has come at an ironical time.

While the actor would have liked to remember some of the memorable roles he played in the past 10 years, the dismal Box Office report of his latest movie Raavan has cast a shadow over it all.

However, while many continue to pan Abhishek’s portrayal of Beera in Mani Ratnam’s film, some leading filmmakers have jumped to his defence, saying he alone should not be blamed for the debacle of Raavan.

Filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker says, “Abhishek stunned me in Refugee and put in his best effort in Raavan, too.” Filmmaker Santosh Sivan adds, “I don’t think Abhishek should be held responsible for Raavan’s failure.

AbhishekThe film did well in the South." R Balki who worked with Abhi in Paa says, "The issue with Raavan was that of the script. Why people blame just actors for the debacle?"

Reportedly, filmmakers Shyam Benegal and Sanjay Leela Bhansali also personally called both Abhishek and wife Aishwarya to appreciate the film. Not one to hold grudges, Junior Bachchan says he’s learnt to take both appreciation and criticism in these past 10 years.

Talking to HT City, he admits that despite completing a decade in the industry last month, it has still not sunk in that he has been around for so long. “It feels like yesterday that I got onto that plane to Bhuj for the 1st schedule of Refugee.

The 10 years have just flown by. I’ve learnt so much and made such wonderful friends.” Filmmakers also congratulated Abhishek on the milestone.

While Karan Johar calls him a “talented and versatile actor,” Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra says, “I admire the roles he’s taken up time and again.”