Abhishek Bachchan is busy on his text messages when I enter his vanity van. On a busy and a noisy day on the sets, inside, there is an alluring silence about this man. But one look at his twitter account and you see a lot of noise. AB’s 4,71,898 twitter fans are at it and at him twenty four seven, me included. Abhishek’s career has been marked by his ability to play diverse roles in diverse genres. Not to forget, before he got his lover boy look in films, he dared to be different in Refugee and Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost. The two films were enough to prove his versatility and passion for trying something poles apart. And if that wasn’t enough, take this: Yuva, Guru, Sarkar and Sarkar Raj. As I sit at an arm’s length from him, the face is in close-up now, as it so often is in his movies. Through films as diverse as the ones I’ve mentioned, India’s great cameramen have traversed this subtly shifting but always compelling facial landscape. And looking at him today, AB has surely won his nominations the hard way. I’m not talking about awards. Oh no! I’m talking about the nomination he has earned from his fans year after year, which proves that he is indeed a winner all the way. The Game ain’t over yet buddy! UK’s Harrow Observer columnist and Bollywood Hungama‘s London correspondent brings you the last of the two part special with the man who elegantly tailored suits playing the Game his way, his style.
“Failures shake your confidence, shake your belief but it won’t shake your love and passion for what you do”
Is it tough to take all this in my stride? Oh yes! I said in an interview last year after Raavan released and I said, ‘It’s like going into the ring with Mike Tyson and getting knocked out.’ But you have to do it. Failures shake your confidence, shake your belief but it won’t shake your love and passion for what you do. Tomorrow is another day. It might be a good or a bad day but that doesn’t mean that the day after tomorrow isn’t going to come. If my audience didn’t like my work and didn’t want to see me, I wouldn’t be sitting in front of you giving you an interview for my forthcoming films, and no power of the Earth can change that. No producer will touch you if you are not in demand. Those days are gone of dad when they used to go to watch an Amitabh Bachchan film.
“I disagree when people say that thriller genres don’t have a repeat audience”
I disagree when people say that thriller genres don’t have a repeat audience. Of course they have. In a ‘Who done it’ thriller, it’s more important how you tell the story and not who you reveal as your killer. At the end of the day, everyone is going to know who the killer is going to be. On Friday noon, the film will open and people are going to put it out on the various social networking sites, the media will put it up. But do you enjoy the experience of watching the intriguing story which also entertains you? That’s the question one should ask after watching it and if your answer is positive then you will have a repeat audience.
“Sarah has handled her role with a great amount of brevity and dedication”
It’s wonderful to work with new talents and Sarah Jane Dias is one of them. It’s a challenge to do your first film with big ensemble cast like Anupam Kher and Boman Irani who’ve been in the industry for a long time and who know what they’re doing. Then you’ve got Gauhar Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Shahana Goswami and Kangna Ranaut. All these actors have worked in lots of films and are experienced. As a new comer, it can be quite intimidating. It’s even tougher when you know that your character is the emotional core of the film. If you can’t get that emotion you are out. I discussed this with Sarah and she handled her role with great amount of brevity and dedication. She has pulled it off very well and I really think she is here to stay.
“Majority of blockbuster films of our industry have been ensemble cast films”
We very easily forget that the majority of the all the films made are all ensemble casts. The biggest hits of our industry have been ensemble cast films – Sholay, Amar Akbar Anthony, Yaadon Ki Baarat. I prefer to be a part of ensemble films. I like films that have ten to twelve actors in one scene and there is so much energy in the room. It is so real.
“Farhan and Ritesh give you space to discuss the film with them”
I sat down with Farhan and Ritesh to discuss Game. When you hear a script first and then when you start developing it, there are always aspects that you feel can be added or subtracted, but it’s your personal view. What’s nice is that Farhan and Ritesh give you that space to discuss it out. They aren’t dictators and they extended a huge amount of respect to me. They took my opinion too and I feel that it is very healthy in today’s day and age. Producers and directors are very open to have ones opinion which makes the film better at the end of the day.
“The USP of Game is its screenplay”
The screenplay is the USP of Game. When I watched the final edit, I was seeing it as a viewer. I was just spell bound by the way the story was told and the film has shaped up. I think the audiences will like the film and it is entertaining. It’s one of the best edge of the seat thriller movies of this year.