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Hardly a splash

Stars bend the truth all the time. Let’s not jump to conclusions on Abhishek Bachchan’s leap to fame.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2010 23:50 IST

It was perhaps a leap of fate, but poor Abhishek Bachchan decided to take the plunge anyway. We are talking about him bragging that the figure in Raavan soaring down 80 feet from a cliff into the swirling waters below was indeed little old baby B himself and not some stuntman. Before this hit the water, the real McCoy, the stuntman himself, spoilt it all by claiming how proud he was to have done the stunt for Abhi. Now before you rush to condemn the poor lad for this whopper, be honest. Wouldn’t you have claimed this vertiginous dive as your own if you thought you’d get away with it? It would definitely make a splash at any party.

Abhishek has good reason for watering down the truth here. With pa Bachchan grabbing the headlines with his tweets about why his little boy didn’t do well in the acting stakes and a wife whose unique ability to communicate in gigglespeak is the stuff of legends, anyone would want a bit of the limelight once in a while. So, the inverse Icarus figure was not him, but then it’s not as though everyone in the movie industry has George Washington-like qualities. Sure, all the he-men and women of the industry would have us believe that it’s really them jumping across 40-foot chasms and leaping off burning buildings while some poor sap who did all that is nursing his aches and pains.

Stars lie about their age, background and even the existence of children. Many tell us that they’ll only do meaningful films when we know this means the producers are not burning up the wires. Do we question that? So, Abhi’s claims should be treated as no more than a slip by one of his ten heads in Raavan. He’s just keeping his heads above the water.