Hrithik, Abhishek on Dhoom 2

Diganta Guha speaks to childhood pals Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan about their much-awaited film Dhoom 2.

india Updated: Nov 22, 2006 15:04 IST

Childhood pals Hrithik Roshan and Abhishek Bachchan are pitted against each other in Sanjay Gadhvi’s Dhoom 2. The last time they were on screen together was three years ago in Sooraj Barjatya’s Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon.

However, that was a different equation. Both were going through a low phase at the box office. Now, thanks to some box-office success, both are in the most-wanted league.

They might not be friends in Dhoom 2 — Abhishek is a cop and Hrithik a thief — but off screen they have utmost respect for each other. Abhishek is all praise for his friend. “They (Hrithik and Aishwarya Rai) bring a different dimension and more viewers, we’d like to believe, thanks to the presence of bigger stars,” says Abhishek.

Uday Chopra, Abhishek BAchchan, Aishwarya Rai, Hrithik Roshan and Bipasha Basu in a still from Dhoom 2. 

Hrithik, on the other hand, wishes to work with Abhishek every two years because, “Working with him has been very fulfilling. Both of us work without any ego.”

Dhoom 2

is all about action and both have done some outstanding stunts we are told. Hrithik, having already done some memorable stunts in


, says it’s one step forward in

Dhoom 2

with sand boarding, snow boarding, sky diving, train walking, jumping off a cliff, bikes, cars and more.

“There was a three-month roller blading training, which is an extremely difficult sport,” says Hrithik. However, he refuses to admit his is the villain. “I see him as being on the wrong side of the law.”

Abhishek gives full credit to action director Allan Amin for taking precautionary measures. “There were certain specialised stunts like jet skiing or motorcycle riding stunts, which we were not qualified to do. But we tried to do as many stunts as we were allowed to do. Amin believes in the mantra of safety first,” says Abhishek, who adds that

Dhoom 2

is a “different film — what I really liked was that it’s not about fast bikes and thieves, it’s more than that.”

|It was definitely challenging. “The endeavour is to push yourself to do work that you have not done. The challenge was to make Jai Dixit much more interesting,” says Abhishek.

Hrithik may not have been part of


but he does feel that the film deserved a sequel. The script excited him and he saw it as an opportunity to get out of the ‘good boy’ mould.

Both enjoyed doing the film. Abhishek considers all the actors on the set — Bipasha, Aishwarya and Uday — as special because they are great friends. For Hrithik, too, there have been many special moments —“I think it’s one of the most enjoyable films that I have done. I wanted to let myself go, go out there and have some fun but it became something that I really got attached to. I really enjoyed projecting Aryan’s persona.”

First Published: Nov 22, 2006 15:04 IST