Catch Me If You Can
Abhishek Bachchan, actor, on Kabaddi, India’s Olympic future and Robert Redford
Q. As the owner of the Jaipur Pink Panthers, you’ve become something of a brand ambassador for the Professional Kabaddi League. What drew you to the sport?
A. If you watch the sport, it just involves you, pulls you in. It’s difficult to ignore.
Q. Kabaddi is said to have ancient origins. Can you sum that up?
A. It is popularly believed Kabaddi’s origins lie in the Mahabharata, in Abhimanyu and the Chakravyuh, which is why the movements in the game are circular. It’s a war game that has evolved into the robust game we play today.
Q. Which is your favourite sports film?
A. There are many—I love that genre. They are not just about the sport but about the triumph of human spirit. The Natural with Robert Redford is one such film.
Q. What should the government do to boost Indian sport?
A. I am not someone who expects the government to do everything. As an ambassador of Kabaddi, I would like to see the sport at the Olympics. You need 55 countries on five continents to play the sport. The International Kabaddi Federation currently has 35 countries registered. We need 20 more and are working towards it.