Abhishek Bachchan, son of Amitabh Bachchan, has the grace, the style and the talent to be a superstar. He has a unique approach towards the character he plays. His performance is of the top class and lately his performance in Yuva has been highly appreciated. He is in the industry from 2000 and yet after 4 years with 12 releases, the actor is yet to deliver a hit. SeasonsIndia correspondent Sanyukta had a tête-à-tête with this talented actor who says 'Hits and flops are not in my hand'.
Excerpts from an interview with SeasonsIndia correspondent Sanyukta.
You had great expectations from Yuva. What do you think went wrong?
As an actor it is my duty to deliver my best and I think I have done that. Rest is all on the audience. Whatever the audience decides, we humbly accept it. After all hits and flops are not in my hand. I feel it is just the matter of luck, time and destiny.
Do you analyse why your films are not working?
Obviously. You have to do that in order to excel. In every film you put in your best and if it doesn`t click you have to identify the problem and rectify it. We as actors and directors make a film with our point of view, perception and sensibility. But it is not necessary that the audience may agree with it. The audience has got nothing to do with your perception and your film. They have paid their hard-earned money to see it. They have a right to decide its fate. It is hard to judge why my films didn`t work. All that you can do is keep on trying and trying. Hopefully, you will click one day. But you have to keep trying.
Tell us how you bagged Yuva?
I don`t know. My luck I guess. Shaad Ali who is a very good friend of mine told me Mani Sir wanted to meet me. I thought he wanted to get in touch with Dad through me. I went and met him. He offered me a film. When he narrated the script I was stuck by how simply he narrated a rather complex plot. After he told me the story and my character he said, `I forgot to mention the most important thing. Would you like to work with me?` I just laughed and told him what an honour it would be to work with him.
How was it working with Mani Ratnam like?
Amazing. He is a highly acclaimed and respected director. It was definitely my dream to work with him. I`m thankful I got "Yuva" at a time when I really needed it. It boosted my confidence as an actor. He is just brilliant. I do not have enough words to explain the experience of working with someone like Mani. It is a great honour to be in his film.
What was working with Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukerji, Kareena Kapoor and Esha Deol like?
It is wonderful to work with so many cast members. They are all my good friends. In this film, I only had the opportunity to work with Vivek, Ajay and Rani coz my character deals with only these people in the film. I haven`t shot any scene with Kareena or with Esha as you might have seen in the film. I have worked with Rani in my earlier films. She is a good friend. Ajay is like an elder brother. This is the first time I am working with Vivek. He is a great actor.
What other films are you working on?
There is a film called Phir Milenge. Then there is Dhoom and Naach. I have a lot of releases this year. I am keeping busy. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
What about Rajkumar Santoshi`s Ranveer, in which you co-star with your father Amitabh Bachchan?
Well, we are in pre-production stage. We have just finished the script. The film will go on the floors by the end of June.
You will be working with your father for the first time. Are you nervous?
Yes, I guess I am. Apart from working with my father, I will be working with Amitabh Bachchan, the greatest star. Anybody will get scared and nervous about that. You are working with the best. I have to keep this in mind while shooting for this film. People are really looking forward to Ranveer. I hope the audience enjoys the film.
Is there are specific kind of role that you are looking forward to doing?
I would love to do comedy. But no such script has come to me so far. I am dying to do a comedy. I think it is hardest thing to do in acting. Hopefully, something will come my way later on.