"My daughter is not an item to be displayed"
By Ayesha Mouza Fans and the media have been eager to catch a glimpse of Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan's baby Aaradhya but the new father says his daughter is not an "item to be displayed".
Abhishek says that he and his actress wife want to give a normal childhood to the baby and would not show her in public. "I am not comfortable with that, I don't need to show her off. She is not an item that she has to be put up to display. She is a child and Aishwarya and I would like her to grow up as normal as possible.
"I do understand that her parents and grandparents (Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan) are public figures but she is not yet and let her enjoy that. I have grown up in this industry and have been in this position so I understand the curiosity," Abhishek told PTI.
The couple, who got married in 2007, welcomed their first child on November 16, 2011. The 36-year-old actor is busy these days promoting his upcoming action-comedy "Bol Bachchan", which also stars Ajay Devgn, Asin Thottumkal and Prachi Desai.
Abhishek says he took up the project thinking it will be a good vacation for him but it turned out be his most challenging role ever. "After finishing my last couple of films, which were predominantly all action movies, I wanted to do a comedy movie. I thought this would be easy, six months of picnic. But It was tiring and it made me realise to keep up the energy level in comedy films is difficult. I am exhausted," Abhishek said.
Talking about his character, Abhishek said, "I wouldn't call it a double role, in the film I am the same guy playing two characters. The character lies a lot so he makes up a fake twin brother. But its a new character and this was the hardest film I have ever done."
Directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Devgn, the film, which is inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee's 1979 movie "Gol Maal", hits the theatres on July 6. Abhishek, who started his career in 2000 with "Refugee" and has appeared in more than 50 films, last tasted success with his 2009 release "Paa".
Though it's been a while he has had a successful film to his credit, Abhishek says he is not let down by the flops and has learnt over the years and is still learning. "I have no problems with critics. I look forward to what they have to say. If its bad then I look forward even more.
Why should I fight them or be negative about what they are saying? They are the people who are telling me what I need to do to improve. "When I started my career most of the reviews were more of a personal attack on me than the film, initially I didn't understand but later I realised 'Here are a bunch of people telling me what to do'. Critics are meant to guide and not pass judgment on you which I know sometimes our critics blur the line," Abhishek added.
With "Bol Bachchan", the actor will be seen in a full on masala film for the first time and Abhishek believes mainstream commercial cinema has always been an integral part of Bollywood.
"These kinds of films have always been around, its just that its easier to classify when you put a title to it. Indian mainstream commercial cinema has always been there and it has always worked. The only thing that is happening now is different genres are also working.
"There is a huge section out there who believes and makes parallel cinema and art cinema kind of films but for me the definition is very clear there is good film and bad film. We work in a commercial media, they (audience) don't want to be taught a lesson or anything but want to be entertained," he said. PTI