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Abhishek Bachchan: I wanted to change my approach towards work!

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Abhishek Bachchan is coming back after three years with MANMARZIYA along with Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal. Abhi’s look in the film has been appreciated a lot and the film is garnering good response at the box office!
In conversation with Abhishek Bachchan he spoke in length on why he is seen after a sabbatical break, what was his take away from the industry so far, collaborating with wifey Aishwariya Rai Bachchan and more.


Excerpts from the interview!

You are coming back with MANMARZIYA after a sabbatical break what intrigued you?
It was Anurag Kashyap’s in the film. It’s a very lovely script no doubt, but moreover I liked Anurag’s vision because that’s what brings up the difference in the film, so that is something really challenging and that’s what interested me the most. It’s the rarest combination; Moreover, it was Anurag was working on a romantic and joyful film. In the trailer as well, there is no dark side which we can call his signature. So the major highlight is the team, I believed that the team has the aspiration of doing something really worthy. To add-on, Anurag would definitely give his nobel spin. Then to add cherry on the top, there are phenomenal actors like Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal. So it was like a whole new experience for me because every face was new to me.

Your social media posts and stories tell us you are quite prompt and quick?
Talking about the film’s prep, absolutely! I feel that prep and preamble of getting back on set was terrifying. Once I get back on set, I feel like I’m back in business. Thank heavens it didn’t throw me back, and the credits goes to Anurag. He made me so confident, and I feel that even he realized what I’m going through. He knew what expectations I had from myself, so I’m grateful to him and I’ll always be.


It’s said that MANMARZIYAN is your comeback film, what do you have to say about it?
Undoubtedly I take a break and that was a decision I personally made. Because of the fact that I wanted to change things. I wanted to change the approach towards my work and that’s the reason I was on a break, but now I’m back to business. I willingly want to do movies further.

What is biggest take away from your journey?
I believe that success teaches you humility and failure teaches you strength. The best part is you’ve to keep evolving and learning in both the phases. If you refrain yourself from this process then you’re doing something wrong. And it also changes the perspective of people as well. If your recent ten films are hit, you’ve the ball on your court. Everyone will take immense efforts to sign you. But on the other hand if three of your films didn’t do well, people won’t even receive your call. And you can’t take it personally; it’s a part of the business.


What are the other genres you would want to explore?
I never wish to do films which I feel bound me in my comfort zone. That’s exactly where I was going wrong in these years. I want to do films which challenge me, excite me and scare me. I don’t wish to be part of films which I feel I can do with an ease.


What is your take on nepotism?
Well to be honest, star kids get the opportunities. Absolute attention and somewhat special treatment. I remember I was on my way to the screening of REFUGEE, before the screening, I met Yash sir. I’ll never forget his gentle words to me. He said that I’ve reached here because of my father, but further it’s my hard work and talent which will decide my destiny in this industry. So one can make his or her debut based on the relations but further it’s their talent which will serve them either success or failure.

Why do you refrain from talking about the exit from PALTAN?
It’s heartbreaking for me not being a part of such an amazing movie. There were some personal issues due to which I couldn’t turn up and left the project. JP Dutta is like a family member to me. He was the one to launch me in the industry. I feel depressed not being a part of such an amazing crew, on the same notes I loved the trailer. I wish the film does great business and gets lots of attention.

Soon you’re doing a film with Aishwarya Rai Bacchan. Could you share something about it?So we’re doing a film together named GULAB JAMUN. We both loved the script and story of the film and are keen to work on it altogether. The film is on paper as of now, we haven’t decided when will be doing it. But its immense pleasure working with her, she is such a professional actress and I enjoy sharing screen space with her.

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