Abhishek Bachchan has stood his floor with a rock strong grip ever since he made his debut. Coming from a legacy like his’, an actor who’s sure to be in comparison with his legendary father, Amitabh Bachchan, AB Jr. has constructed his personal place within the trade with good performances in movies like Bunty Aur Babli, Yuva, Sarkar, Ludo and lots of extra. He misplaced his inhibition and shed the vainness to play Bob Biswas and all of it paid off for him. Bob Biswas is directed by Diva Ghosh and written by her father, Sujoy Ghosh. Analita Seth chats with him about his journey to cracking the character and what makes this movie particular.
I learn someplace that you simply watched Kahaani fairly late, after nearly capturing 80% of the movie. However whenever you did join the movie, you had an thought of how the character regarded. So did you think about your self in that getup earlier than you went on units and perhaps had a glance take a look at?
I made a decision on doing the movie extra due to the emotion. Contemplating that his (Sujoy Ghosh) daughter goes to direct the movie and I solely found after I stated sure to the movie that this was the character known as Bob Biswas, which was in his movie Kahaani first, which I had not seen at that time of time. The one factor Diya and I had been very clear about is how Bob ought to look, how Bob ought to stroll, how he ought to transfer, his physicality and that’s one thing that we needed to remain true to as a result of it’s a character which is standard however you needed him to look related. So placing on the load, attaining the hair the best way it’s, the glasses, the costume or one thing we’re very positive we needed to realize and we set about attaining it. I requested them for someday for me to placed on weight as a result of though we tried prosthetics, I wasn’t pleased with it as a result of it appears faux and I requested them for a while to placed on the load they usually agreed. That was the bodily preparation. By way of the emotional preparation, what was good is Bob has been in a coma and Bob has misplaced his reminiscence. So its good, you get to rebuild and recalibrate him as a personality, so we tried to try this and so there was no strain that you simply needed to comply with some tram strains for the character, you may uncover, make, create your new character.
What concerning the dialect and the language? Did it take some time to crack that?
No, we didn’t hold a dialect or an accent. Sujoy, when he wrote it, was very clear. Kolkata is a personality within the movie and he didn’t need to do something Bengali upfront. So Bob Biswas stayed away from any Bengali accent other than the ‘Nomoshkar’.
Should you as Abhishek Bachchan had been to spend a day with Bob Biswas the character, what would you do and what could be the primary query you’ll ask him about his life?
Definitely go for a meal with him as a result of apparently, he likes to eat. So in all probability, you recognize there’s a character known as Dhonu, which is Bob’s pal, who owns a Chinese language Thela and he’s all the time consuming noodles over there. So I’ll go deal with him to noodles as a result of Dhonu makes them rather well. What would I ask him? I don’t know if I’ll ask him something as a result of I imply contemplating he doesn’t having reminiscence, I imply it’s sort of pointless to ask him something. However what I liked concerning the character is his niceness. He’s a really good man, he’s so nice, he’s cherubic. How does he handle to carry onto that niceness in such opposed conditions?
You assume with time, your alternative of character and scripts has additionally developed into barely critical and intense roles?
No, I simply take pleasure in doing the work that I do. I imply that the character has to encourage me, the story has to encourage me and above all, I need to make movies that I’d need to watch. I believe that must be the primary standards whenever you hear the script. Is that this the movie you’d need to watch and if its so, then do you see your self in it and in case you do, then you must do it. So there is no such thing as a specific style that I’m leaning in the direction of. Its simply so occurs that you recognize movies have are available a specific area within the final 2 years however like my subsequent movie ‘Dasvi’ is a extra gentle hearted movie.
How was it like working with Diya Ghosh? What was she like on units?
Diya shocked me, to be very sincere. She shocked me as a result of I imply, to see this 26 years previous child have such command over her medium and craft at such an inexperienced age is superb. I wish to ask this this of all of the journalists that I speak to, that in case you see the trailer, would you imagine that Diya was a quiet, shy, reticent, 26 12 months previous lady and no person has stated, ‘Yaa we imagine that’, No you don’t! It simply goes to indicate that, you recognize its simply great how she has made this movie.
Did watching the movie change your perspective of the character earlier than and after capturing?
No! No, I believe Diya did a terrific job of justifying the character. There are lot of contradictions in Bob which make it so attention-grabbing to play. I imply he’s a contract killer who is de facto loveable. That in itself, you recognize a lovable contract killer is sort of an oxymoron. So, it simply throws up all these contradiction from the character perspective, that makes him such an attention-grabbing function to do. However what are your learnings or unlearning, that’s very tough to quantify since you make investments a variety of your self into a movie, bodily and emotionally. So I’m positive there are specific learnings, there have to be a sure evolvement, you could develop, a movie should go away you a greater actor, I wish to imagine. If it doesn’t, then you have got achieved one thing improper. However its very tough to only quantify it to that extent. I believe if I needed to say one factor, I believe Bob taught me that its potential for me to go away vainness at house and make a movie and get away with it. I believe within the trade, vainness is a big a part of what we do, our photos are essential to us. I believe that was a giant worry clearly that you recognize, we had been sort of going in opposition to the grain and that can they settle for it and I believe the reactions are proof sufficient that they’ve accepted it they usually respect it in reality, so I’m grateful for that.
Has there been something on OTT that you simply watched, that you simply actually want you may have an expertise of watching in theatre. You actually favored it visually?
So, that’s a tough query to reply as a result of as actors, you don’t get the chance to go to the theatre as typically as you need to and in case you do, you go on the circumstances which don’t actually let you optimise the viewing expertise of the theatre. ‘You realize chup ke jaana padta hai, quietly and earlier than the lights come on, you sneak out. You don’t get to take a seat down and simply benefit from the movie. So sadly, a variety of us find yourself seeing movies in both a preview or at house. So we’re fairly used to seeing stuff on the tv (laughs), That’s what I’m saying and since we have now been a part of filmmaking for thus lengthy, you recognize what it might have presumably translated to on display. So I’m fairly used to it. So I’ve by no means considered it in that sense.
All of us spent a variety of time at house and received a variety of time to retrospect. Did you be taught one thing about your self as an artiste within the final 2 years?
Sure in fact, I imply there’s rather a lot you be taught, there’s rather a lot you observe and like I stated, on a regular basis you modify and you must try to higher your self, You need to try to be taught, You need to try to make your efficiency rather more easy. There are such a lot of elements which might be going to make a efficiency. You’ll be able to’t simply say one factor. There may be language, there’s expression, there’s physique language, your look, your hair, your pores and skin, you recognize there are such a lot of various things that come collectively and as soon as they arrive collectively positively, we’ll get an excellent efficiency. The one factor I believe, actors actually yearn for is a little bit of solitude on the finish of the day. You might be working with a whole bunch of individuals. I believe actors someplace actually sit up for some solitude as a result of I believe that’s presumably the one time they get to acquaint themselves with anyone they potential don’t know very effectively and that’s themselves. So, I believe lockdown helped try this.
Do you are feeling just like the shift from escapist cinema to lifelike cinema goes to remain?
Folks on the finish of the day need leisure. Leisure doesn’t imply slapstick comedy. Leisure means for these 2-3 hours that you’re watching a movie, you’re eliminated out of your precise world, crammed with issues and transport it to a distinct world, whenever you view one thing and you are feeling entertained. Regardless of the style of that be, so long as its good, individuals will watch it, so simple as that.
What was it like working with the ensemble forged? With Chitrangada, what had been the dynamics? Did you have got any enjoyable memorable moments on units?
See, its sort of tough to interrupt out of character when you find yourself doing a movie like Bob. So I imply, it was great, it was very exuberant and youthful set, all people was so younger and dynamic. It was nice enjoyable. It was truly new for me to be one of many senior individuals on set. I used to be so glad that Paran da got here alongside within the movie and he’s absolute legend of Bengali cinema. So, immediately he turned the senior most. Folks began to name me ‘Sir’, now its a bit uncomfortable as a result of I’m used to being the youngest on the set. However it was great. I believe they take their work very flippantly and what I imply by flippantly is that they don’t carry their expertise with any burden. They don’t must show, you recognize, they identical to get on with doing their work. So it was great, I believe we had great actors like Chitrangada enjoying my spouse, you recognize Samara was enjoying my daughter, who’s simply such a beautiful great expertise, we want her the perfect, its her first movie, its a particular factor and he or she is great. Then we have now Rohit, who performed my son after which you have got a bunch of character artistes who’re simply good . From Bhanu to all of them to Paran Da, its simply great.
You shot for the movie throughout the lockdown. How was that have?
I’ve to confess, I used to be one of many first actors who received again to work. I received COVID final 12 months August, and by the tip of August, I used to be again on the set of Huge Bull after which began up on Bob. Aside from simply seeing individuals in masks and initially in PPE kits and a little bit of sanitisation right here and there and other people taking your temperature at completely different phases, work is finished the identical. Sadly, actors aren’t allowed to put on any of that protecting gear since you are within the entrance of digital camera. However other than that, its okay you recognize. I’m simply glad individuals adhered to all of the working procedures that the federal government had laid down they usually proceed to they usually have been thus far fairly diligent about it. However it’s what it’s.