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I owe Abhishek a hit: Rohit Shetty

It’s been nine years since Rohit Shetty’s debut film bombed at the box office, but the director still feels guilty about letting down Junior B.

bollywood Updated: Jun 24, 2012 16:28 IST
Priyanka Jain
Priyanka Jain
Hindustan Times
Rohit Shetty,Bol Bachchan,Abhishek Bachchan

To anyone who suggests that Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan is a ‘relaunch’ vehicle for actor Abhishek Bachchan, the director has this to say: “Who am I to relaunch him? He is doing exactly what he has been doing in the past. Every actor goes through a phase in which some of their films don’t work. It’s a phase and it will pass. He hasn’t done anything wrong.”

Still, the director whose first film, Zameen (2003), bombed at the box office, admits that he feels a sense of guilt when it comes to Abhishek. Zameen starred Ajay Devgn and Abhishek Bachchan, the very same stars of his Bol Bachchan. “I owe Abhishek a hit,” says Rohit. “Zameen bombed. We had made that film in two years and I was almost written off. The film failed because of many production issues but its failure is my responsibility as I was helming the project.”

The director draws parallels of how friends stand by each other in trying times. He says, “When Zameen bombed, Ajay stood by me, that’s how Golmaal could happen. The same is happening with Abhishek but he is a good actor. It’s not fair to keep comparing him to his legendary father, actor Amitabh.”

He adds, “Once one of Abhi’s films work, people will say he is back, just like they did with Akshay Kumar. I will be happy if Bol Bachchan is that film for him. I felt very guilty when our earlier film didn’t work.”

First Published: Jun 24, 2012 14:08 IST