Keep off my private life, please: Abhishek
Itís been almost a year
since the first reports of Abhishek Bachchan seeing Aishwarya Rai emerged
in the media. And recent appearances of the two together have only added
to the popular belief that romance is on and marriage is on the cards.
Even the date of the two taking the saat pheras has apparently been fixed
for February 19.
That question is first on
my mind when I meet him for a Q and A at the business center of Taj Landís
End, where heís doing interviews for Guru, his forthcoming film, with Rai
Your appearances with Aishwarya
Rai have fuelled speculation that you two are getting hitched.
What does it have to do with
my film anyway, may I ask?
Itís got everything do with
I donít understand how itís
anybodyís concern. Thatís my personal life and Iíd like to keep it like
that.I share my professional life with the entire world gladly, and I enjoy
I am what I am because of
the audience and fans. As far as my personal life is concerned, Iíd like
to keep it private because I donít think it concerns anyone else. As and
when thereís anything to say, Iíll be the first person to say it.
Being a public figure, thereís
a lot of curiosity. Besides, youíre also the most hot-n-happening eligible
bachelor in tinsel town.
Fair enough. You can ask
the question. My answer is thatís my personal life and I donít think itís
Guru is said to be based
on Dhirubai Ambaniís life. Since Anil Ambani is a family friend, did you
ask him for his inputs?
Thatís media speculation.
Thereís nothing like that. Guru is a work of fiction, like all other works
of fiction; it is also inspired by reality. So itís not just one particular
person the film is based on. Many great people have inspired.
Mani has never said itís
based on any person. But if you have a name as a reference point, it does
help in giving the realistic touch to the fictitious character.
Mani said itís a fictitious
story. What his inspiration is, thatís his prerogative. It would be very
rude of me to ask him. Many great people serve his inspiration in this
rags-to-riches story. We did work on the character, its graph and pitch
before beginning filming. We didnít want to figure out the character of
Gurukant Desai on the sets. Otherwise it would be difficult to make this
film. Once we were all ready, we began shooting the film.
Having worked with Mani Ratnam
in Yuva, it must have been easier working with him the second time round.
Heís going to give me a tougher
job the next time. Maniís not going to make your life easier and give you
something very demanding. But thereís a level of comfort. Thatís about
it. Itís a new film with a new character, and required a new approach to
it. Not a film that you can take frivolously.
You had to put on weight
to portray the character of Guru. How difficult is it to juggle when shooting
another film about the same time and losing it all again?
I try and do one film at
a time. We started Guru, shot it chronologically and finished it soon.
Working on one film at a time helps take care of whatever problems we might
face during production. Iím still trying to lose weight. I had put on 11
kilos for the character, as Mani wanted.
After the shooting of Guru
was over, I set about working on what look is required for the next film.
Currently Iím shooting for Drona, so this look.
Dhoom 2 is seen more as Hrithik
Roshanís film than yours.
I was given a role to do;
I did what I was asked to do. They made the film they wanted to make. I
keep saying that itís not about being the best in the film, but being part
of a good film you can be proud of. I donít worry about being overshadowed.
Itísheard that there was
a disagreement between you and your childhood fried Goldie Behl after Bas
Itna Sa Khwaab Hai. Apparently, Aadesh Shrivastav influenced a patch-up.
Goldie is one of my closets
friends; heís family for me. There were never any problems between us.
When Goldie was ready to make a film, he narrated the script to me. I liked
it. Drona has the potential to be a very exciting film.
What stops you working with
Rakeysh Mehra. You were supposed to do Delhi 6. What happened?
Problem is that it has been
happening with Rakeysh and me for the past 10 years. Last minute scheduling
problems came up. Rakeysh waited over a year for the dates, which I couldnít
accommodate. As a friend, it would be unfair on my part to keep him waiting
any longer. There were also casting upheavals in Ram Gopal Varma Ke Sholay.
From playing Veeru to opting
out, youíre now doing the Mehbooba mehbooba item song.
It was an issue of dates.
Its working out fine now, Iím doing it. Itís an exciting film to be a part
Lastly, is the album Vishal-Shekhar
were planning with you still on?
Vishal-Shekhar are not planning
an album with me, Iím planning an album with them. Itís an idea I, Rohan
Sippy and Vishal-Shekhar discussed during the making of Bluffmaster.
We were very happy with the
rapport we struck while working on the Right here right now track. Weíre
hoping to complete the album by next month and release it sometime in the
middle of this year.