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Priya Gupta (BOMBAY TIMES; April 1, 2013)
An all-star team, led by captain Abhishek Bachchan and vice-captain Ranbir Kapoor, played against our cricketers headed by Virat Kohli for underprivileged children at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Saturday evening. While the cricket team won 4:3, Bombay Times was exclusively present along with the all-star team on the bus ride from the hotel to the stadium. We bring you our conversation with them during the journey, which was great fun.
Our conversation with Abhishek started during the flight over a cup of coffee. When the flight attendant served Abhishek coffee with sugar, he immediately said, “May I have some more sugar, please? I am a sweet person.” It was heartening to see all the stars travel by a low-cost airline without any fuss whatsoever and without even their managers. In true sportsman spirit, they travelled in a bus from the airport to the hotel and in more ways than one, were good but occasionally naughty.
How did you think of putting together an all-star team for football? Actually, I am not a football player and like most football fans, I am bad at football. But, it has been an integral part of my life and my earliest memories are of watching the World Cup with my father, who has always been a Brazil fan. Having gone to a British boarding school, football was always around me, even though I always played basketball. My friend Rohan Sippy and I, in fact, played basketball in our school team and we actually More >
Abhishek Bachchan, the new star in the 100-crore club, on movies, Friday jitters and his London Olympics experience
Roshni K Olivera (BOMBAY TIMES; August 12, 2012)
It surely was one of the toughest roles in his career, but Abhishek Bachchan managed to pull it off well. No wonder Bol Bachchan has put the actor in a different league now. And with the film doing 100cr business, AB Jr has entered the coveted club…
So you’ve joined the 100 crore club… I’m a bit lost for words. This whole 100cr thing used to be the Silver Jubilee earlier. It’s like a milestone. I’m just so happy and thankful that the audience have loved the film. Making it to the 100cr mark is testimony to the fact that people have enjoyed the film. The entire credit goes to Rohit Shetty and Ajay Devgn. I want to thank them first, for giving me Bol Bachchan, and then for supporting me through the film.
Where do you see yourself in this rat race? I don’t think any actor believes in this whole rat race business. It’s a race when everyone’s competing at one level, like say a 100-metre race where it’s the same for everyone. But here, we are doing our individual films. If I was a part of Bol Bachchan, another actor is a part of some other film. How do you compare? It wouldn’t be fair. I can’t have that mindset; I have to be bothered about what I am doing or else I won’t be concentrating fully on it. For me, it’s always about how I can get better with every film.
You’ve had a series of hit films, then a low and More >
Abhishek Bachchan on Bol Bachchan, acting and fatherhood
Nihit Bhave (BOMBAY TIMES; July 20, 2012)
Junior B knows how to bring-it-on! And he’s all set to brave a new border – his first slapstick comedy in 12 years. In this candid chat, Abhishek Bachchan talks about his multiple roles (not only in the film) – as an actor, a star, a father and most importantly, a Bachchan. Read on…
What better way to cut the action film’ spree than a Rohit Shetty comedy? I think comedies are really difficult, but it’s important to bring variety in this industry. Rohit Shetty’s brand of comedy does have a lot of critics, and at the same time, it’s important to realise as actors, that not all 1.2 billion Indians will love your work. But here is hoping I’m offered a lot more comedies after Bol Bachchan!
Bol Bachchan comes from the hit-making’ gang of Rohit and Ajay; did that make it easier signing on the dotted line? Every film has its destiny; there are no guarantees in the film industry. But Rohit’s focus on the audience and their taste is outstanding. At the same time, he makes sure that actors perform uninhibitedly; Ajay and Rohit get all the credit for my performance, they made it much easy.
Do you think this film will show the critics a new side of your personality and shut them up? The praise is pouring in, but I would never want to shut-up a critic. Lack of criticism will make an actor complacent. Critics have played a big role in shaping me into the actor I am today.
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Abhishek Bachchan on success of Bol Bachchan and more…
Parag Maniar (BOMBAY TIMES; July 17, 2012)
Your twin roles in Bol Bachchan have been applauded… Whenever hard work is appreciated, especially for an actor, it is a morale booster. Working on the film was difficult and took its toll on the team. Thankfully, all the hard work has paid off ! Rohit Shetty and I have been roaming around the theatres during the weekend and to see the ‘housefull’ board even in the second week feels fantastic.
Rohit, Ajay (Devgn) and you came together as a team after nine years. During this period, Rohit and Ajay went on to do several films together. Did you feel the focus would be more on Ajay and not you? Rohit and Ajay are dear friends of mine and I am a very secure person. If I have agreed to do a film then I don’t think about these things. Ajay has been like an elder brother to me. He is the one who approached me with the film and I knew that he would take care of me. And he did!
What films are you looking forward to now? I am currently concentrating entirely on Dhoom 3. There’s some extensive physical training that’s required and by that I don’t mean getting ripped muscles. But being in tip-top condition physically as action films are physically demanding and one’s body needs to be conditioned for that.
So we see you clashing with Aamir… Clashing would be the wrong word though I realise that I am the hero and he is the villain. I don’t intend to clash with him in any way. I am very More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; July 8, 2012)Abhishek Bachchan
Comedies always seem to work for Abhishek Bachchan and it’s turning out to be no different for the actor in his most recent release Bol Bachchan, where his performance is garnering much appreciation. But while the industry’s talking of the genre being lucky for the actor, Abhishek waves it off. “Lucky or not, I don’t know. I really don’t believe in all that, but all I know is that it is the film that works, not the genre,” he says. And as we catch up with him for a quick tete-a-tete, the actor also talks about being back on the wish-list of filmmakers and reveals why he’s taking a break from experimenting on screen…
Q: The slapstick kind of comedy you have done in Bol Bachchan is a far cry from your real wry sense of humour… A: Yes, the film’s comic pitch was completely different from anything I have done before and yes a far cry from my own sense of humour. But that was the challenge for me… to completely give in to the role. Rohit (director Rohit Shetty) and AJ (actor Ajay Devgn) just told me to become completely besharam and just go all out and that’s what I did. Just threw caution to the winds and went completely besharam (laughs).
Q: So are you having the last laugh as far as your detractors go? A: I don’t hold any grudges, so there’s no question of any last laugh. I am too happy with the response the film is getting to think about all of that. Right now I am just celebrating, taking blessings from More >
Aakansha Naval-Shetye (DNA; June 23, 2012)
This year’s been a rather busy one for actor and new dad, Abhishek Bachchan, both professionally and personally. But ask the actor about it and he says there are no complaints. “Like any new father will tell you, it’s definitely not easy to leave your child behind and step out for work. But that’s my job and I love it as well. And for me, my unit’s like family too, so it’s just like being in the same house but changing rooms, so yes the schedule’s super-packed, but there’s no stress or pressure,” admits Abhishek, who has an interesting mix of films under his belt. And as we settle down for a tete-a-tete with the star, he talks about his films, daughter Aaradhya and also about the intense scrutiny surrounding Aishwarya’s recent appearances
Recently was Father’s Day, your first one as a dad… I have never believed in celebrating any such days ever, so I didn’t even realise it was Father’s Day.
But soon Aaradhya will be making daddy’s day cards for you… That I will really look forward to (smiles).
Tell us about her… Oh, she’s great fun. She’s such a blessing, we can’t thank God enough for her. She’s really a sweet child.
And are you a hands-on dad? As much as I can be yes, but Aishwarya’s a superb mom. It’s a delight to see them both together. There’s been immense scrutiny about Aishwarya’s recent appearances… I just think it’s extremely insensitive and no one has the liberty to speak about her like the way they sometimes More >
In a rare talkative mood, Abhishek Bachchan talks about films and fatherhood
Kunal M Shah (MID-DAY; June 23, 2012)
It is a sultry evening when HitList catches up with Abhishek Bachchan inside his vanity van, parked at Bandra’s Mehboob Studios. Chatting over a hot cup of coffee, Junior B opens up about his closest friends and daughter Aaradhya.
There is a misconception that you are playing a double role in Bol Bachchan… I wouldn’t call it a double role. Generally, we refer to a double role as two separate characters. Here I play two different roles by the same character. It is something that I have done before in Bluffmaster and even in Bunty Aur Babli. I am excited as it is a great role and gives me an opportunity to work with one of my favorite person Ajay. It was a no-brainer for me as it is an exciting script and I was happy to be a part of the whole set up.
You worked in Rohit Shetty’s first film Zameen and now he is one of the biggest directors of the country. What difference did you find in him? Not much difference. I won’t say that he has not grown as a director as of course he has. I saw a huge increase in his confidence but he is still as humble, as hardworking and as sincere as he was in Zameen. I think Rohit is among the hardest working people that I have met in the film industry. Rohit has not been lucky with his success but he has worked hard and one has to work with him to understand why he is so successful.
Not many people are aware that Ajay Devgn and you More >
Abhishek Bachchan on Bol Bachchan, the Bachchans and more…
Meena Iyer (BOMBAY TIMES; June 14, 2012)
Clearly, Abhishek Bachchan needs no introduction. He is to the manor born and in his 12-year-long career, has a body of work that automatically qualifies him as an actor of pedigree and yes, even a superstar in his own right. Excerpts of an interview with Junior B:
One can see from the photograph that there’s two of you in Bol Bachchan? How fun was it? If my memory serves me right, this is actually my first ever double role. I have done films wherein one character donned various avatars like I did in 2005’s Bunty Aur Babli, where I played a con man. But BB is the first bonafide double role I have done. It was challenging.
Challenging? Why would you say that of what seems like an over-the-top comedy? I have been very lucky that in a relatively short career, I have had the opportunity to do some really interesting roles. Yuva, Guru, Bunty Aur Babli, Paa, Raavan, Bluff Master are just some films that come to mind immediately. I’m fortunate to have had many opportunities where I could depart from roles that people would normally not expect of me.
Bol Bachchan is also one such opportunity. That is one of the reasons I said yes to the film because I knew it would be a very exciting experience. I was fascinated that I would get to play two very different characters in the same film. I can’t name any actor who would say no to this film. The only place I went wrong is that I More >
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, Jan 13, 2012 – 14:43 IST
Daddy cool Abhishek Bachchan is the chosen one for the cover page of men’s magazine MW’s January edition.
Photographed by Dabboo Ratnani and styled by Falguni Thakure, Abhishek sports a tough look in a black Diesel leather jacket, Omega watch and sun glasses.
Junior Bachchan, who has been in the industry for over a decade speaks about the films he chooses as an actor and as a producer, his upcoming films, fatherhood and much more in this issue.
On January 1, Abhishek Bachchan talks about all his firsts… his first meeting with Ash, his first drunken scene with his dad and more…
Harshada Rege (BOMBAY TIMES; January 1, 2012)
Abhishek Bachchan comes from one of the first families of the film industry. And now he’s a proud papa in real life for the very first time. Abhishek Bachchan talks to BT about the various firsts in his life…
Crush on you: I wouldn’t call it a crush. It was love that I felt for Zeenat Aman. I was besotted with her when she was shooting for Mahaan with dad. My first relationship was when I was in school. And it lasted for five-six days after which we went our separate ways.
The first time I faced a camera: It was at Kamalistan at JP Dutta saab’s set in 1997. I remember it was Bipasha Basu who I shared the scene with. It was great fun…
Take One: My first shot was taken at the Rann of Kutch in 1998 for Refugee. I just had to walk in the scene and had no dialogues. In a way, it was good because you learn the whole process without stressing about dialogues, expression, etc. However, on the flip side, such scenes make you believe that acting is a cakewalk!
When I got a hit: It was in August 2004, when Dhoom released. I remember I was at Aditya Chopra’s house. We were waiting for John (Abraham) and Esha (Deol), when Adi called to say that the movie was doing good business. I am sure Dharamji, who stays behind Adi’s house, must’ve thought I had gone mad because I was jumping with joy. I think More >