He has won plaudits for his role as Rani Mukerji's ideal husband in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (KANK) and earned the label of a bankable actor post its release -- but Abhishek Bachchan, a staunch Karan Johar loyalist, gives credit to his director for everything.
"I've no knowledge of marriage whatsoever. I just followed Karan's directions very obediently. The credit for whatever you consider to be my performance in KANK must go to Karan," Abhishek says.
The film, which endorses infidelity, has caused controversies, but Abhishek describes them as "healthy debates".
"There's debate on KANK, not controversy. The good thing about a debate is, you get both negative and positive, but always healthy reactions to the film. Very few films get that."
Excerpts of an interview:
Has the response to KANK turned out to be what you thought it would?
Far greater, in fact. The box office figures are there to prove it. I've never been a part of such a success. I think the first week collection of KANK is larger than all my releases put together.
This is a league I'm just not acquainted with. It's wonderful to be part of such a venture. But it's entirely Karan's baby.
|I'm totally against extramarital affairs, says Abhishek.|
Your smallish role has fetched you incredible praise.
First of all, I don't think I've a small role in
. I think I've a very important role to play in the film. Thank you, Karan!
Everyone wants to know how you know so much about marriage?
I've no knowledge of a marriage whatsoever. I just followed Karan's directions very obediently. The credit for whatever you consider to be my performance in KANK must go to Karan.
Tell me about the first-hand responses to your performance?
I don't know! I've been very busy working on Dhoom 2. I haven't had a chance to interact with people too much. But I'm always thrilled when my work gets noticed.
But, like I said, I can't take any credit for it. I'm not trying to be modest. I'm not a modest person. I'm a realist. I know who's done what in KANK. The real hero of the film is Karan Johar.
Do you think the controversies are good for KANK?
What controversies? There's debate on KANK, not controversy. The good thing about debate is, you get both negative and positive, but always healthy reactions to the film. Very few films get that.
Whether you agree with KANK or not, it's taken Karan to a new level. I think he has unfairly been labelled "a candyfloss maker". The mistaken belief that he makes frivolous films has fallen to the ground. I think Karan is a very important director in the history of Indian cinema. KANK is a sensitive work.