You never beat Amitabh Bachchan who lets you win, says a modest Bachchan junior after emerging on the top spot in the 'Best supporting actor' category at both IIFA and Filmfare, for which his father was also nominated.
"I think it's a privilege to share the frame with him," Abhishek Bachchan says. The father-son duo share screen space in the forthcoming Karan Johar flick Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna.
After a string of box office failures, the Bollywood star is finally emerging on his own to taste commercial and critical success.
"Keep trying is the best piece of advice my parents have given me," Bachchan says, something that helped him through his lean phase.
Abhishek says he'd love to replicate everything his father's been through, lows included
The ubersexual hunk who is also starring in a sequel --
-- and a remake --
feels that while a remake is a director's interpretation of the story, a sequel has to be unique.
The 29-year-old believes that these are interesting times for an actor. "The day of the niche is over. No longer is the actor an angry young man, the romantic or action hero. There is everything in one movie and the job of the actor is to entertain," says Bachchan, who was here last week for a promotional event.
AB Corps, the production house that had pushed the Bachchans to penury and later been revived, is making five movies, two of them starring the junior Bachchan himself.
About the parallel with his father's career trajectory where Amitabh saw a row of flops followed by phenomenal success and then lost almost everything only to emerge phoenix-like, Abhishek says he'd love to replicate everything his father's been through, lows included.
"I treat the lows just like the high," he says.
Bachchan says his family and the love of the audience are important for him. He admits though that "money is important because it's a commercial world."
For someone who is considered a style icon, Bachchan says he leaves it to his mother to decide on what he will wear. He says he sports the rings on the finger because it brings a smile on his mother's face.
On his Hollywood plans, Bachchan says that at the moment he's focussing on projects within India.