Dhoom:3 has only just hit the theatres but Abhishek already has few more films for which he is currently shooting. Read on to know what the star has to say about his upcoming projects and if we’ll get to see him share screenspace with his wifey anytime soon
You are doing Happy New Year with Shahrukh Khan; you have done Dhoom:3 with Aamir Khan. We always see you in a multistarrer. When will you do a solo hero film?
You will be terribly bored if you see me just alone in a film. I take huge offense to this term ‘solo hero’. If you are saying Guru was that, you are saying Mithun Chakraborty, R Madhavan, Aishwarya Rai and Vidya Balan are not stars. In my mind, anybody who is in front of the camera is a star. Anybody who has given a shot in that film has equal right to its success. The solo hero thing is rubbish, obnoxious, arrogant and an egoist thing to say. I believe that from the spot boy to the cameraperson to the junior artiste – everyone has as much contribution to a film as I do. Whenever I have won an award, I have gone up and shared it with the entire star cast.
Your contemporaries are doing more films …
It’s not my choice. I prefer two to three films a year. I like to work a lot. I can’t handle sitting at home. I love acting. With Dhoom:3, it kept getting delayed, more time was required. These things happen when you are making a big film. It’s action, it takes time. Bol Bachchan released in June last year. In August, we started shooting for Dhoom. We just kept shooting. These films take time. Now I am simultaneously shooting All is Well and Happy New Year. So let’s hope the situation doesn’t arise again.
Do you want to reach your father’s (Amitabh Bachchan) level of stardom?
You should aim for Mars, forget reaching the sun! He is the biggest ever there was, is or ever going to be. So don’t aspire to be that, coz it’s not going to happen. Aspire to be your own man and figure your own goals.
When will we see you with Amitabh Bachchan on the big screen?
The last film we did together was Paa, in 2009. Since then we haven’t found anything that has excited both of us. We have done some memorable films like Bunty aur Babli, Sarkar, Sarkar Raaj, KANK. We need to do something further than that, or bigger than that. He is a lucky costar for me.
You have observed your dad; you have worked with Aamir and Shahrukh Khan – do they have anything in common?
There’s one common trait: their humility towards their work. It’s very important. Their enthusiasm for work and their humility. When they are working, they are not stars. Off the sets, they are big stars. But on the sets it is just about making the best film. That’s infectious and it’s so refreshing.
Which of your dad’s characters is your favourite?
Inspector Vijay (Zanjeer).
Stardom comes at a price. Good and bad things about stardom?
The love that the audience gives – it’s overwhelming. When you go onstage for a performance the roar you get! Rohit (Shetty) and I went to Gaiety to watch the reaction to Bol Bachchan and there were 10,000 people out there. The entire area was jammed and they had to call the police.
Any bad things?
No. I don’t pay attention to any negatives in my life. A lot of people talk about a star’s privacy. If you are a star, you know that you aren’t going to have a private life. Just get on with it. I was born in this industry. My upbringing and family life are within this industry. It was normal to see megastars walking in and out of my house. When I was eight or nine I thought everybody’s father, when they go out, have 50,000 people waving at them. I used to think everybody’s father beat up 50 people and jumped off buildings. That was normal for me. There was never any negative side.
You can’t stand on the streets and have fun….
Of course I do. I eat panipuri on the road.
What about going for bike rides?
You have to wear a helmet. John and Uday taught me how to ride a bike.
Speaking of John, what about Dostana 2?
It’s a very good question. Let me know. We are all waiting.
What about speculations about you coming together for a film with your wife Aishwarya Rai Bachchan?
Which speculations? I love this. You all start speculations and you ask me about it. Oh, Prahlad (Kakkar)? Prahlad is a very old friend of Aishwarya’s, from her advertising days. Prahlad has a script that he is very keen that Ash likes. We haven’t heard it yet. As and when we hear it and if we like it, then we will decide whether to do it. But we haven’t heard the script. So I can’t say we are doing it.
Can you tell us something about All is Well?
All is Well is being directed by Umesh Shukla and we have just started shooting for the film. We should get done by June July next year. I am working with one of my favourite actors, Chintu uncle (Rishi Kapoor), so I am excited about that. It is a multistarrer film.
You have played a pseudo-gay character in Dostana. What would you say about the recently passed law that criminalises gay sex?
I think it’s very sad. My personal belief is that nobody has the right to dictate who you should love and how you should love. That is my freedom of choice and that is every human being’s God given choice. I don’t think anybody has the power to take that away. The Supreme Court has passed that statement and it’s a law now. We can only hope that the parliament has the power to change that law can manage to change it.
Do you miss Aishwarya onscreen?
Of course! I love her as an actor. I am a big fan of her work. And obviously I would like to see her back on the screen, but she should be given the liberty to choose the film that she wants to do.
What is one thing that you like about her?
Her professionalism is unquestionable. Her dedication is unimaginable. And as her costar, I have always loved working with her. It’s just a pleasure.
What are your New Year plans?
I am celebrating the new year. I am having a Happy New Year.
Any Santa present for Aaradhya Bachchan?
I don’t give her presents, I give her love. I think this is the one department I would request the media to show bit more restraint and responsibility in. When I was growing up, there wasn’t so much media around – there was one channel (Doordarshan) which came for few hours a day. Don’t do this to them. Let a child grow up as they want to grow up.
You have worked with Hrithik in Dhoom:2. What would you say about the Hrithik-Sussanne split?
He has requested everyone to respect their privacy. And that’s exactly what we should do. It would be wonderful if the media just backed off and let them do what they want to do.