'DIDN'T EN­TER THE IN­DUS­TRY JUST TO COAST ALONG'

Ac­tor Ab­hishek Bachchan says his idea be­hind be­com­ing an ac­tor was to ‘make a dif­fer­ence’

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By now, it’s a known fact that Ab­hishek Bachchan took a two-year long sab­bat­i­cal af­ter House­full 3 (2016), be­fore he donned the grease­paint again for Anurag Kashyap’s Man­marziyaan. Now, the ac­tor is be­lieved to be ready­ing for mul­ti­ple projects in­clud­ing Gu­lab Ja­mun, co-star­ring wife Aish­warya Rai Bachchan, Pawan Kri­palani’s Tantrik and a ru­moured web se­ries.

“As an ac­tor, some­where, there has to be an in­her­ent con­fi­dence in your craft. For me, that’s al­ways been there. But I felt ev­ery­thing was be­com­ing too easy and hap­pen­ing too con­ve­niently for me. I wasn’t con­cen­trat­ing as much [on work] as I should have. You know, if you are a part of films in which the ma­jor­ity of the onus and re­spon­si­bil­ity is not on you but on some­body else, then you are like, ‘okay then, so I can have fun’,” says Ab­hishek.

So, did he ever feel that his act­ing style was pos­si­bly not fit­ting seam­lessly into the kind of films that are be­ing made now? “No, that wasn’t the case at all,” he says, adding, “I was coast­ing along ab­so­lutely fine, but I didn’t come here [to the film in­dus­try] to coast along, but to make a dif­fer­ence. So, it had noth­ing to do with the craft, but with what my at­ti­tude to­wards work was.”

Even when an ac­tor doesn’t have the re­spon­si­bil­ity of a film, he/she en­joys all the perks, says Ab­hishek. “Even in that case, you are get­ting paid fan­tas­ti­cally, those films are be­com­ing huge hits and peo­ple are en­joy­ing your work so you keep get­ting that work. And, you keep rever­ing in all of that, which makes you feel, ‘ar­rey, yeh toh bada aasaan hai yaar, no prob­lem’. But hon­estly, there has to be a prob­lem be­cause you have to be con­scious. You can’t — al­most au­to­mat­i­cally — just be do­ing what you are do­ing, and that’s what my prob­lem was,” says the ac­tor.

Ask him if the suc­cess rate of films had any­thing to with his break and he says: “Be­fore House­full 3, there were films such as Bol Bachchan (2012) and Happy New Year (2014) which were hits. So, it didn’t have any­thing to do with [the box of­fice per­for­mances of] the films but the way that I was do­ing those movies. It was a very per­sonal de­ci­sion and had more to do with my ap­proach [of work­ing in films]. As an ac­tor, I loved work­ing in all those films,” says Ab­hishek.

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