‘AISHWARYA BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN ME’

Ab­hishek Bachchan is ex­cited about team­ing up with his wife again; adds their daugh­ter Aarad­hya is a ‘cre­ative child’

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - FRONT PAGE - Shreya Mukher­jee shreya.mukher­jee@htlive.com ■

Ab­hishek Bachchan doesn’t “re­ally like talk­ing about ro­mance”. For him, “it dif­fers from re­la­tion­ship to re­la­tion­ship”. Yet, in his lat­est re­lease, Anurag Kashyap’s Man­marziyaan, he plays a ro­man­tic char­ac­ter. The film marks his come­back to the big screen af­ter two years and that too with Anurag, with whom he had a rather un­pleas­ant past. That they both have moved on is ev­i­dent, given that the film-maker’s much-talked­about pro­duc­tion, Gu­lab Ja­mun, will wit­ness the re­turn of hit pair Ab­hishekAish­warya Rai Bachchan [wife-ac­tor] af­ter eight years. Amidst a busy sched­ule, Ab­hishek sits down for a quick chat around his work, fam­ily and more:

What was Anurag’s brief to you re­gard­ing your char­ac­ter, Rob­bie?

Film-mak­ing is a collaborative art, and Anurag is a collaborative di­rec­tor. He likes the in­volve­ment of his ac­tors, and that helped. Re­gard­ing my look, he sprung it up on me last minute. ‘Why don’t you wear a tur­ban’ is what he said. Rob­bie is a mona Pun­jabi. He wears the tur­ban out of re­spect for his par­ents. What I liked about him is that he isn’t a tra­di­tion­al­ist but he has a great sense of val­ues and morals.

Your next is Gu­lab Ja­mun, also with Anurag. It seems you both have left the past be­hind...

Once you work with Anurag, it turns out to be a very emo­tional ex­pe­ri­ence. He is def­i­nitely one of the most giv­ing di­rec­tors I’ve ever worked with. He is very gra­cious. He makes you feel very com­fort­able to share your

soul with ev­ery­body.

It’s also the film that’ll see you and Aishwarya to­gether af­ter over eight years…

It’s the com­fort level. I don’t have to forge a re­la­tion­ship, which most ac­tors do with their co-stars. Also, I think I’ve done more films with Aishwarya than any other fe­male co-star. She has al­ways brought out the best in me. I am ex­cited to get in front of the cam­era with her once again.

Grow­ing up in a fam­ily filled with cre­ative in­di­vid­u­als, is your daugh­ter, Aarad­hya also cre­atively in­clined?

Well, yes she is a cre­ative child. But she is only six so there’s a lot of time till she de­cides what she wants to do.

Many peo­ple feel Agastya (sis­ter Sh­weta Bachchan Nanda’s son) looks like you...

No, [Agastya] does not look like me. He looks like his fa­ther. If you see Nikhil’s [Nanda] child­hood pho­tos, you will see they look the same.

There is spec­u­la­tion that Agastya and Navya Naveli Nanda (Agastya’s el­der sis­ter) might ven­ture into act­ing?

Not that they have told me. Navya (21) is busy with her Univer­sity. She is study­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion and mar­ket­ing. And from what I know she is busy be­ing a stu­dent right now, and so is Agastya (18). He is in school. I think it’s too early for them to de­cide what their ca­reer should be.

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