"I still don't know what happened. It was unfortunate... Whether they were right or wrong, I shouldn't have allowed the incident to
upset me. But yes, no matter how hard I tried to let the incident go, it did affect me."
(Filmfare, Mar. 2001)

Few debuts have been awaited as eagerly as that of Amitabh Bachchan's son, Abhishek. And rarely has a debut so totally failed to live up to the hype

    Perhaps the ultimate star child, Abhishek Bachchan has nevertheless had a difficult time breaking into stardom. While the highlight of his short portfolio, his debut performance in Refugee was completely overshadowed by the spectacular response to his co-star, Kareena Kapoor. Her verbal antics have assured her continued visibility despite a subsequent string of flops, but Abhishek's unerring tact makes him boring copy for cinema tabloids which thrive on catfights and scandal.

  However, he has rubbed somebody the wrong way, because they blacked out his face on several of the promotional posters for Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa posted around the upscale neighborhood of Juhu in Mumbai. Abhishek doesn't appreciate that. "I thought it was sick! I don't know who did it and why they did it. Basically, such acts are very disrespectful to somebody else's work. It is not in very good taste. We put in a lot of effort and money for the publicity of these films and destroying somebody else's property is very juvenile. It is very demeaning, both financially and emotionally. It is sad that people have to stoop to this level to prove a point. Whatever it might be." (Filmfare Online, Oct 2000)

   The culprit was no doubt pleased in spring 2001, when a brawl between Abhishek and a reporter on the sets of Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai brought him into the headlines. Targeted with a complaint alleging that he manhandled and physically harmed the journalist for taking photographs during filming, Abhishek quickly deflated the gossip with his level-headed reponse: "Some journalists had an opinion of me, and I respect that. It was their right to feel the way they did. Whether they were right or wrong, I shouldn't have allowed the incident to upset me. But yes, no matter how hard I tried to let the incident go, it did affect me. Because in my heart I knew I hadn't done anything wrong. Why was I dragged into it?... Ironically, when Goldie Behl [director of BISKH] and I went back to Delhi two months later for a promotional tour...our PRO was the same gentleman who had accused me of getting violent with him. He even apologised about the incident." (Filmfare, Mar. 2002)

   Likewise, his romance with Karisma Kapoor has earned him fleeting attention, but he refuses to cater to the public's curiosity in order to keep their interest. "I don't talk about my private life simply because I don't think it's anyone's business. I belong to a family which has guard its privacy fiercely...  Once I agree to an interview, I've to be ready to face all the questions. But if someone asks me which side of the bed I sleep on, I don't see what that has to do with my life as a professional actor." (Filmfare, Mar. 2002)

   While an admirable attitude, it does indeed put the media's focus on his career, which has to date produced only a string of box office failures. His most recent film, Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya, offers fans the chance to see him play across from girlfriend Karisma, a curiosity factor that many had hoped would make the film into a badly-needed success. Alas, the movie has been savaged by critics and, despite an acceptable run abroad, reaped poor domestic returns. All eyes now rest on his upcoming multi-starrers Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon and Line of Control (LoC), the performances of which decide whether Abhishek will continue to have a career at all. As Filmfare points out to Abhishek in its March 2002 issue, his father endured thirteen failures before starring in the film that launched him to superstardom. But many agree with Abhishek when he wryly replies, "I don't think the audience would be so patient with me."

Abhishek Bachchan

Abhishek Bachchan
born: February 5, 1976
height: 6' 3"

FILMS

2000 Dhai Akshar Prem Ke
2000 Refugee*
2000 Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa
2001 Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai
2002 Haan Maine Bhi Pyaar Kiya
2002 Om Jai Jagdish*
2002 Sharaarat
2003 Kuch Na Kaho
2003 LOC: Kargil
2003 Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost
2004 Dhoom
2004 Hum Tum
2004 Naach
2004 Phir Milenge*
2004 Rakht
2004 Run
2004 Yuva*

* acclaimed performance


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