‘PEO­PLE DON’T TAKE OUR CALLS

...once a film flops, then no one cares whose son you are,’ says Ab­hishek

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No ac­tor goes there want­ing to make an un­suc­cess­ful film... when we are told this is not good enough, it crushes us

Ab­hishek Bachchan, ac­tor

He has al­ways taken fail­ure in his stride, but ac­tor Ab­hishek Bachchan says that it’s tough for an ac­tor to cope with his film not do­ing well at the boxof­fice. “If we give a flop film, peo­ple stop tak­ing our calls... then it does not mat­ter whose kid you are,” says Bachchan, who be­longs to a fam­ily of Bol­ly­wood stars. But de­fends the com­mu­nity of ac­tors when he adds, “It’s true that peo­ple put a lot of money to make a film. But no ac­tor goes there want­ing to make an un­suc­cess­ful film. We make it with com­plete con­vic­tion and when we are told this is not good enough, it crushes us.”

The 39-year-old says that the most chal­leng­ing thing for an ac­tor is to carry on work­ing af­ter a film bombs. “That’s the worst feel­ing on earth and it de­stroys you as a hu­man be­ing. It takes a per­son of im­mense strength to wake up the next morn­ing and face the world. If a film doesn’t do well, you have done some­thing wrong. So if that hap­pens, you take it on chin and weather the storm,” he says. A lot of ac­tors push the blame of a flop on other as­pects of film­mak­ing, like di­rec­tion, mar­ket­ing, the sto­ry­line, but not Bachchan. “As an ac­tor when you are asked about it (why a film flopped), it is un­com­fort­able. You don’t en­joy it. So ac­tors come up with re­ally flow­ery lan­guage and great ways to avoid go­ing into that space. The rea­son we make up ex­cuses is be­cause we don’t want to con­front the truth. But if a film doesn’t do well then we are liv­ing the truth.”

Talk­ing about his choice of films, Ab­hishek says that he likes to be very care­ful while se­lect­ing films. “Ev­ery ac­tor does work that inspires him. It (do­ing a film) is an emo­tional job it’s not like a fac­tory where you are just pro­duc­ing stuff,” says Bachchan, who will soon be seen in film­maker Umesh Shukla’s All Is Well, that also stars Asin.

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