Chasing challenges

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Sep 2018 10:36:03


By Farina Salim Quraishi,

Back to take a bow on the big screen again after a hiatus of two years, Abhishek Bachchan for starters is markedly amiable. Quick with smiles and honest in his answers, Abhishek Bachchan 2.0, is a surprise alright! Taking a self-imposed break for a couple of years, his last big release being Housefull 4 in 2016, Abhishek is back with a bang and is raring to take up unsafe challenges. Despite being part of an industry which swears by ‘out of sight, out of mind’ phenomenon, Abhishek took a break to reassess acting goals; and the Guru star says the sabbatical cleared a lot of things.

“I felt I was becoming complacent about my work and didn’t want to continue on that road. I felt I needed to change perspective, re-evaluate and re-energise. I wanted to be challenged. I wanted to feel nervous. It was a conscious choice for me not to work, as I needed time off and come back re-focused. But I am glad that I did that. I feel reinvigorated and I have a renewed drive to venture into territories I’ve not explored before,” says Bachchan Jr stressing that the break had nothing to do with the kind of films he was getting.

“As I said it wasn’t the projects, it was my approach to them. Before the break I was part of several blockbuster projects. During the break, I took stock of my weaknesses and strengths and decided on the kind of work that I wanted to do,” says the Raavan star, whose sports ventures (Jaipur Pink Panthers, Chennaiyin FC) are going great guns.

“ I was involved in sports before I took the break. It’s another thing I’m very passionate about after films. For about five years, I worked a lot on my sporting ventures, and since I was not shooting I could give them more time. Right now they are well set-up businesses, which can run by themselves,”the actor adds.

Abhishek headling a love triangle directed by Anurag Kashyap is an intriguing premise and has sparked curiosity all around. Quiz Abhishek about whether Manmarziyaan is the perfect ‘comeback’ movie, and the Bol Bachchan actor is quick to reply in affirmative.

“The reason I came onboard for Manmarziyaan is Anurag Kashyap and him alone. His films, no matter how dark, are always extraordinary and I’m fascinated by them. Anurag Kashyap and love stories aren’t a thing you say together in a sentence. So, I was very curious to see his interpretation of a love triangle. I knew Anurag would push me, challenge me as an actor. And working with him didn’t just live up to my expectation, it went beyond! Manmarziyaan, you can say is a new experience for both of us as we both are stepping out of our comfort zones,” says the 42-year-old star who plays Robbie in the film.

“Robbie is a banker from London, a really introvert guy, but with a great strength to his character. I can confidently say most men can relate with Robbie as they will get a glimpse of themselves in him. For me, Robbie’s quiet fortitude was very fascinating,” he says.

Abhishek is among the handful of stars who are going out of their way to back a public interest causes; case point being his exceptional efforts to help Kerala flood victims. Ask him about it, and Abhishek says actions must speak louder than words. “I feel very strong about this. I’ve personally been caught in two floods, one in Mumbai in 2005 and the other time in 2015 in Chennai where I was stranded for four days. So I know first hand how difficult it is to be on limited water, rationed supplies with no electricity. I believe star voices help in raising awareness. Moreover, it is our duty as fellow countrymen to support our brothers and sister in crisis,” he states.

With five films in his kitty, and another schedule to begin later this month Abhishek is excited about future “I have several interesting projects lined up and will announce them soon. Though direction is something which I am not good at, I have definite plans to produce more films. I want to produce all sorts of film. I don’t want to restrict myself and produce anything that is entertaining,” he says on the parting note. n