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No shortcuts for the big guy

Abhishek Bachchan is not one for riding on the borrowed success of the Big Bs whether they stand for his illustrious family name or big banner films. KANIKA DHAWAN speaks to the star son who can be both humorous and analytical about him self... .


`YOU ARE calling me a star, haven't you seen my earlier films,' quips an unshaven "Refugee" who tried to cast a spell on all of us but failed. Our newest `dost' from Mumbai is on his next mission to make people crazy about love.

Tall, witty and suave, the kid of the Bachchan household, Abhishek Bachchan may not have the looks of a superstar but he is definitely working on becoming a good actor, even if it amounts to being a "struggling one".

"When I started in five years back, I was a novice. Five years down the line I think I have definitely grown as an actor.One learns while facing the camera, you observe yourself and learn from your mistakes and so I have done," says Abhishek sportingly on his films bombing at the box office each time.

The greatest paradigm that shouts success for the transition of an actor to a star is the double B,

the big banner films. All set for the release of "Mein Prem ki Deewani Hoon" Abhishek believes there is something more to achieving stardom than just doing films with big banners.

He observes: "For an actor to rise, big banners do spell out the probable way to success, but only if the film's content is good and the whole team works towards making a great film. Sometimes big banner films also flop, even though they have a full-fledged star cast but a bad storyline."

He is portraying the role of Prem, an introvert-cum-workaholic. His life starts changing when Kareena Kapoor walks into his life and adds more meaning to it. Opines the real person on his reel role: "Prem is a realistic character with his values intact. He is a dedicated person who knows there are no shortcuts to making it big, only sweating it out."

So, what made him sign a Rajshri productions film, the big banner or a good script? "Both" he reiterates without batting an eyelid.

His forthcoming films comprise "Kuch Na Kaho", "Zameen" and "LOC".

"I will bore you all year long" says Abhishek with an undying ability to laugh at himself.

In the creative world of cinema being a star son may hold importance. But this star and son of the legendary Amitabh, believes in sporting a `no strings attached' attitude for entering filmdom.

`Bold and Bachchan', Abhiskek is steering his bus to destination Bollywood. Five years old, with the fortitude of at least 500 men, he is on his way to tinsel town, definitely on his own steam.

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