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'Keep off my private life, please'

Abhishek Bachchan tells Hiren Kotwani that he would rather talk about his next film Guru than Aishwarya Rai.

india Updated: Jan 08, 2007 13:14 IST

It’s been almost a year since the first reports of Abhishek Bachchan seeing Aishwarya Rai emerged in the media. And recent appearances of the two together have only added to the popular belief that romance is on and marriage is on the cards. Even the date of the two taking the saat pheras has apparently been fixed for February 19.

That question is first on my mind when I meet him for a Q and A at the business center of Taj Land’s End, where he’s doing interviews for Guru, his forthcoming film, with Rai again.

Your appearances with Aishwarya Rai have fuelled speculation that you two are getting hitched.
What does it have to do with my film anyway, may I ask?

It’s got everything do with you.
I don’t understand how it’s anybody’s concern. That’s my personal life and I’d like to keep it like that.I share my professional life with the entire world gladly, and I enjoy that.

I am what I am because of the audience and fans. As far as my personal life is concerned, I’d like to keep it private because I don’t think it concerns anyone else. As and when there’s anything to say, I’ll be the first person to say it.

Being a public figure, there’s a lot of curiosity. Besides, you’re also the most hot-n-happening eligible bachelor in tinsel town.
Fair enough. You can ask the question. My answer is that’s my personal life and I don’t think it’s anybody’s concern.

Guru is said to be based on Dhirubai Ambani’s life. Since Anil Ambani is a family friend, did you ask him for his inputs?
That’s media speculation. There’s nothing like that. Guru is a work of fiction, like all other works of fiction; it is also inspired by reality. So it’s not just one particular person the film is based on. Many great people have inspired.

Mani has never said it’s based on any person. But if you have a name as a reference point, it does help in giving the realistic touch to the fictitious character.

Mani said it’s a fictitious story. What his inspiration is, that’s his prerogative. It would be very rude of me to ask him. Many great people serve his inspiration in this rags-to-riches story. We did work on the character, its graph and pitch before beginning filming. We didn’t want to figure out the character of Gurukant Desai on the sets. Otherwise it would be difficult to make this film. Once we were all ready, we began shooting the film.

Having worked with Mani Ratnam in Yuva, it must have been easier working with him the second time round.
He’s going to give me a tougher job the next time. Mani’s not going to make your life easier and give you something very demanding. But there’s a level of comfort. That’s about it. It’s a new film with a new character, and required a new approach to it. Not a film that you can take frivolously.

You had to put on weight to portray the character of Guru. How difficult is it to juggle when shooting another film about the same time and losing it all again?
I try and do one film at a time. We started Guru, shot it chronologically and finished it soon. Working on one film at a time helps take care of whatever problems we might face during production. I’m still trying to lose weight. I had put on 11 kilos for the character, as Mani wanted.