‘A flop is the worst feel­ing’

Com­plet­ing 16 years in Bol­ly­wood, ac­tor Ab­hishek Bachchan says that be­ing the son of an icon has not helped him stay in the in­dus­try

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If we give a flop film, peo­ple stop tak­ing our calls; then it does not mat­ter whose kid you are

AB­HISHEK BACHCHAN, AC­TOR

It doesn’t mat­ter whose child you are — if you de­liver a flop, film­mak­ers stop tak­ing your calls, says

Ab­hishek Bachchan, (rig) the son of In­dian cin­e­matic icon Amitabh Bachchan.

Ab­hishek’s ca­reer graph since his de­but in 2000 shows high and low points. If his per­for­mance in films like Dhoom (2004) and Guru (2007), has been ap­plauded, he has also earned his share of crit­i­cism for some of his movie choices.

“I’ve com­pleted 16 years in the in­dus­try and it has been a mix of highs and lows. There has been tremen­dous learn­ing and I’m still hun­gry to do more. It’s been a great jour­ney and it makes me happy and proud that I’m a part of this in­dus­try,” he says.

“The low phase that I went through, I think, was nec­es­sary. It teaches you a lot. I be­lieve there is no suc­cess with­out fail­ure. It keeps you grounded and makes you ap­pre­ci­ate things,” he adds.

He ad­mits a flop doesn’t leave one feel­ing good. “If we give a flop film, peo­ple stop tak­ing our calls; then it does not mat­ter whose kid you are. It’s true that a flop is the worst feel­ing in the world and de­stroys you as a hu­man be­ing,” adds the 40-year-old.

An ar­dent be­liever in the power of stay­ing pos­i­tive, Ab­hishek says, “If you want good things to hap­pen in your life, you first have to be­lieve good things are pos­si­ble for your­self. Ev­ery ac­tor is very emo­tional and so am I. I feel it’s im­por­tant to learn to see the brighter side of life, and pos­sess a sense of hu­mour for that. My sense of hu­mour has saved me many times.”

Ab­hishek says he is not even af­fected by trolls on so­cial me­dia, which have of­ten hit out at him.“If you are present on a so­cial plat­form, you are avail­able on it. It’s all in jest and for fun. I just feel that once in a while, it’s nice to give back to them some of their own medicine. And it’s fun,” he says.

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