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By: Subhash K. Jha, IndiaFM
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
According to Vidya Balan, Mani Ratnam's Guru is Abhishek Bachchan's show all the way. The child-man at the center of unstoppered attention is delighted. "Did Vidya really say that? So sweet of her. Any actor getting to work with Mani is lucky. I've worked with him twice and I feel twice lucky. He's a sheer pleasure to work with . Rest assured when you work with a director of Mani's caliber he's going to challenge you into discovering new areas of your personality. This is what has happened in Guru. Working with Mani is a huge learning experience".
Abhishek has just shot for Shaad Ali's Jhoom Baraabar Jhoom. "I'm here with Shaad Ali, Preity and Lara Dutta...all friends. It's great fun. I'm absolutely relaxed as long as I get to work with friends. It's very important for me to be working in a comfortable atmosphere. Fortunately I've worked mostly with friends so far. Or directors who've become friends in the course of a film being made. That explains why I'm doing Shaad's next and Goldie Behl's second Drona."
Now that Abhishek is being recognized as a star to reckon with, what would he rather be known as : a star or an actor? "An actor of course. Because once you're a capable actor the stardom happens automatically. Isn't that what happened in my dad's case? "
Abhishek hasn't signed any new films. "No one wants to sign me on, what to do," he mock-sighs, and then gets serious. "No matter what you say about my career I'm not satisfied. We creative people are very selfish. Every time you see a film that doesn't star you, you wish you had done it. When I look around I feel there's so much good work being done and how little I've achieved. I'd like to do a lot more work. I see the kind of work my dad is doing at his age. I can only hope and pray I'm able to do that caliber and quantity of work when I reach dad's age."
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