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The tortoise all over again

Abhishek Bachchan is leaving no stone unturned in turning the corner for his career. He's now trying to be a successful Yuva


`THIS IS my sweet, cute, bubbly little sister,' Abhishek Bachchan says fondly of Esha Deol. "During the shooting of the film (Yuva) we kept fighting like brother and sister," Bachchan junior is trying his best to break the ice with such mild in-between utterances. He is still very conscious while interacting with journalists.

You have to strive to make him feel comfortable to answer your queries; once this effort proves successful, Bachchan junior is articulate. He does not avoid eye contact and smiles too!

He plays Lallan in Yuva, a youth who "cares a damn for a thing called the law. He lives for himself, is a kind of rebel who takes his own decisions and cares for none in the world, quite unlike me." Baby AB laughs while describing his role.

With a row of unsuccessful films preceding him, Abhishek feels stressed. "Look, I tried my best in the roles I chose for myself. But each film only taught me that the audience is the best judge. I do re-view these films, analyse myself and think that I could do better... "

He remains unflustered. "I am not expecting any radical changes in my life, especially through the films I am doing. I believe in being slow, but steady. See, even Indian audiences are slowly accepting films that were never considered a part of mainstream cinema," he says, hinting at what is now known as crossover cinema.

"I feel happy that at least some people have finally come out to make such films. It takes guts to make these films. Everyone cannot make a film like Karan Johar, which caters to both the multiplex audience and a taxi driver too. Now we have a choice not to see films with the same weather-beaten formula stories," Abhishek philosophises.

And many of them, since they are mostly NRI films, ridicule Indian culture to cater to the sensibilities of the West. "I would never like to be a part of such a film," he declares. "They may be so-called NRI films and are released abroad, but I don't think that makes for the `India shining' factor. It is just that the scene for Hindi films abroad is not that bad now. People do see our films there, and if given a chance we can produce better films," Abhishek predicts.

With films like Nach, Phir Milenge and Dhoom in his kitty now, which he says are his "careful choices," he seems to believe that the best way to predict the future is "to create it".

One wishes him luck.

RANA SIDDIQUI

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