Critics pick-up their favourite Abhishek and Aishwarya movie scenes
1. Deepa Gahlot
Abhishek Bachchan: The obvious one would be the Yuva outburst when he discovers that he has lost his child. But my choice would be the scene in Guru, when he goes to meet the father of his bride-to-be.
Aishwarya Rai: The scene in Josh, where she carries a basket and nonchalantly walks into the cake shop of her brother's rival. She looks innocent and stunning, and flirts with the cake-shop attendants.
2. Maithili Rao
Abhishek Bachchan: In Guru, Sarkar and Yuva, Abhishek not only stays totally in character but almost each scene reveals nuanced changes he is undergoing.
Aishwarya Rai: Her wide-eyed vulnerability in Provoked is her only claim to acting so far. In the scene where Radha urges Kanwaljit to tell the world her story, Rai says with touching hesitancy: it’s like being naked before the world.
The only other film worth citing is Rajiv Menon’s delightful Kandukondain Kandukondain. Rai made the character’s streak of romantic dreaminess credible and also exasperating.
3. Mayank Shekhar
Abhishek Bachchan: He’s an able director’s good actor. His most memorable action sequence has got to be the subway fist fight in a forgettable flick called Run, and among his warmest presences, the second half of the entirely unwatchable Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon.
He’s been worth noting in Revathy’s Phir Milenge, Mani Ratnam’s Guru and Yuva, Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar, and passably Shaad Ali’s Bunty Aur Babli.
Few good scenes that come to mind: the drawing-room couple-quarrel on Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna; and the scene where the hero in Guru tells his best friend he wants to marry his sister for the money. Varma’s Naach though, I think, remains Abhishek’s most underrated performance yet.
Aishwarya Rai: She has surprised audiences with erfor mances least expected. Those memorable tro phies at this point must include Kandukondain Kandukondain, Guru, Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Rituparno Ghosh’s Chokher Bali (roughly in that order). I have a feeling she will still be remembered best for the quick Kajra re cameo in Bunty Aur Babli!
4. Piroj Wadia
Abhishek Bachchan: I found him emerging as an actor in Yuva but my vote for the best scene goes to his performance in Sarkar...the scene in which he kills his brother.
He displays an intensity which gives way to a silent menacing seething rage which actually takes the place of violence and gore. Abhishek as an actor has finally shown his mettle to be able to play comedy and appeal to the front-benchers with equal fervour in a dramatic role.
Guru is another film that is peppered with some of his finest works.
Aishwarya Rai: I recently saw Provoked. She has raised her bar with this film. I like the scene when she meets her kids for the first time in the prison. It was realistic. Her face reflects the pain and joy. It’s heart-tugging.
It was the first time I considered Aishwarya as an actor to look up to. She has been evolving in the last few films, noticeably in Umrao Jaan. Though it wasn’t a consistent performance.
It was in Guru that she made an indelible impression, following it up with Provoked in which she delivered a wellrounded performance.