The film has not taken the box office by storm but when I meet him for this interview at his office in the bungalow Janak, Abhishek tells me that what appealed to him when he was offered the film Delhi 6 was the fact that though Roshan is an American by mind, he is an Indian by heart. "It was not at all tough for me to get into the character of Roshan, because I could easily connect to it, since I could understand him, having spent twelve years abroad in a different culture. I could relate to the character because like Roshan, I too had learnt abroad and know how it is to feel like an outsider, though born and brought up in a hard core Indian family, steeped in the culture of the ancestors".
Abhishek had almost lost the opportunity to act in Delhi 6. "When Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra gave me the script to read it, frankly I did not know whether he wanted me to be a part of the film because in the past too he had given me the script of his films. I was happy when he said that he wanted to cast me in Delhi 6, though I could not adjust my dates for the shooting since he wanted to shoot in the winter in Delhi though I had committed those dates to Mani Ratnam for Guru. Rakeysh asked me whether I would mind if he goes ahead with the film with some other actor and reluctantly I had agreed too. I think I was destined for the role of Roshan because came back to me, after tweaking the script after a year".
Earlier, Abhishek had flatly declined to be part fo his film Rang de Basanti. "When he came to me with the script of Rang De Basanti, I could not understand it at all. To add to my confusion, he had then decided to call his film not Rang De Basanti but Paint It Yellow. I could not fathom how he could show Bhagat Singh in contemporary setting and said no to be part of the film and after I said no to it, he approached Aamir Khan. The rest is history."
Even after Rakeysh had finalized Aamir for Rang De Basanti, he came to him once again to offer the role of Siddharth in Rang De Basanti when Arjun Rampal walked out. However, Abhishek says that he told him that he could not be a part of the film because he could not understand the subject at all. Laughs Abhishek, "I told him that I was not as intelligent as Aamir Khan is. The role then went to Siddharth".
Abhishek admits that though Drona was only two hours and ten minutes long, thanks to its screenplay, people felt it was too long. "As an actor, I feel you have to be immune to both hits and flops. You work hard in every film and naturally want it to click, because there is an emotional 'connect' to the actors with their films".
Abhishek is of the opinion that his life has not changed after marriage in any way, because now he has a wife like Ash who he considers to be his best friend. Abhishjek denies that it is a conscious decision on his part to do most of his films with Ash. ". It is petty to think that I maneuver to have Ash in every film of mine. I do not decide who should be cast in a film as my leading lady. I do not insist that Ash should be my leading lady. I did two films last year after marriage and Ash was not there in them at all. Ash was not there in Delhi 6 with me. Mani wanted her in his film which has a working title like Ravana and Abhinav Deo was keen that she should be a part of his film."
Abhishek confesses shyly that he and Ash have still not thought about an addition to their family. "We feel that a child is God's gift and frankly have not planned about having a child as of now because both of us are quiet busy with work. As and when we do have a child, what is of primary importance is that we should have a healthy child and it is immaterial whether we have a son or a daughter".
Abhishek's next releases will be Balki's Pa in which he has been cast with his dad, Mani's film, in which his co-actors are Vikram, Ash and Ravi Kishen and Rajeev Menon's next film, which has been inspired by his parents' film Abhimaan.
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