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'I don't speak like that to anyone'

Abhishek Bachchan is aghast at media reports that he had misbehaved with immigration officials in England.

india Updated: Oct 03, 2006 15:56 IST
Indo-Asian News Service
Indo-Asian News Service

Abhishek Bachchan is aghast at media reports that he had asked immigration officials in England if he should "drop his pants" during a customary investigation. "I don't speak like that," he said curtly.

"I was aghast when I saw myself quoted with these cheap words all over the net. Firstly, I don't speak like that. Secondly, I'd never be rude to officials who are merely doing their job. It's not their intention to harass you. Considering what the world situation is, we must all cooperate and be patient," Abhishek told IANS from Paris where he is currently shooting.

Having completed a chunk of the shooting of Shaad Ali's Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom in London he moved with the unit to Paris, where they will be parked for some time. However, in spite of his busy schedule, Abhishek is all set to fly down to India to be with his father on his birthday on Oct 11.

Though no celebrations are on the cards this year, Abhishek makes it a point to be near his dad every year for his birthday.

Abhishekh Bachchan was shocked to read media reports which stated that he had misbehaved with the immegration officials in England. 

"I miss home, specially since my grandmother is in the hospital. Also, the release of the UmraoJaan's music soundtrack - it was a big moment for all of us who have been working on this project. Unfortunately, it wasn't possible for the music company to hold over the release until my return. Nor was it practical for me to fly back to Mumbai for a day. So, I just had to miss the occasion."Abhishek says that the music of Umrao Jaan starring Aishwarya Rai in the title role is different.

"I'm very proud of the soundtrack. It's very different from what we hear these days and far removed from the hip-hop that I've been identified with, but nonetheless very charming. I'm very fond of the music. J.P. saab, Anu Malik and Javed Akhtar have an extraordinary tuning."

Back in Paris, Abhishek refuses to be flattered by being chosen as Asia's sexiest man by a magazine. "I don't even know what sexy means. These are appellations best not taken seriously. But, yes, I'm deeply humbled and flattered because I've never ever thought of myself as anywhere near sexy. However, if people have voted for me, then I respect that. But I'm certainly not going to suddenly acquire an extra swagger just because I've been called sexy.

"From where I come, I've seen both the highs and the lows. It's temporary. And the trick of survival is not to take the trappings seriously. There's no guarantee for a tomorrow in show business. Admitted my dad has proved to be a survivor. But they don't make his kind of entertainers every day."

Speaking of rudeness, a Lucknow scholar who plays the role of Rusva (the man who wrote Umrao's biography) in Umrao Jaan, is quoted as saying: "Abhishek's well-sculpted body is far outweighed by his arrogance."

Chuckles Abhishek, "I've never met this gentleman. And the proof of this fact lies in the fact that he has called my body well-sculpted."

First Published: Oct 03, 2006 15:56 IST