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    Abhishek Bachchan - "It isn't intimidating to work in multi-starrers"

    [Interview by Joginder Tuteja]
    Monday, March 28, 2011
    Abhishek Bachchan is ready with two back to back ''solo films'' in the form of ''Game'' and ''Dum Maaro Dum''. Though there are other actors in the film as well (''Game'' also features Jimmy Shergill while ''Dum Maaro Dum'' has Prateik Babbar and Rana Daggubati as the added attractions), the fact remains that Abhishek is leading from the front in each of these films.

    Abhishek, whether it is 'Game' or 'Dum Maro Dum', you are carrying the weight of both these films on your shoulders. You must be expecting a good solo hit for yourself here?

    (Says after a pause) Will these films be my solo hits? But then you tell me, what's the definition of a solo film? Is it the one where there is one hero doing all the talking? See, people come and tell me that 'Guru' has been a huge solo hit in my career. How can they say that? I don't consider 'Guru' as my solo hit.

    Well, this is one film which has been your crowning glory over the years. How come you don't want to take credit for its success?

    But then how can you forget other great actors like Mithun Chakravorty and Madhavan in the film? It was the collective effort of everyone involved that made 'Guru' a hit.

    By industry parlance though, 'Guru' is considered your hit more than anyone else since you were the hero there...

    If that's the case then 'Dhoom' as well as 'Dhoom 2' should also called as just my hits, right? (Smiles) After all John (Abraham) and Hrithik (Roshan) were villains in these films and I was the hero so they should be called my solo hits, right? I am not saying they should be; after all everyone was fantastic out there. All I am saying is that people need to decide the terminology they wish to use in order to differentiate between solo and multi starrers.

    Well, your upcoming films like 'Players', 'Bol Bachchan' and 'Dhoom 3' are multi starrers per se for the sheer reason that there are multiple leading actors in the film other than you as well.

    Well, I like it immensely when there are lot of actors around me. I enjoy working with my colleagues.

    But doesn't it turn intimidating for an actor to be surrounding by other lead actors as well? Suddenly, you are required to now share screen space with the rest.

    Trust me; it is not intimidating it all. At the end of the day, I do a film because I want to be there rather than thinking about how many people would I have to share screen space with.

    I am sure though that advice to you must be coming in from all directions that you should be doing more multi starrers so that risk is divided.

    I think it is very easy to listen to all the advice and then take a judicious call. You have to be very receptive as a person and not disregard what is being said or written about you. At the end of the day, you have to be receptive to your heart the most and listen to what it has to say. So when I pick and choose a film, it is because I am sure that I would enjoy working in it. I would hate to do something just because people around me have advised me to do it.


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