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Bachchan : Baptism by fire
Dr.P.V.Vaidyanathan, Feb 5 [ Sat, Feb 5, 2005 ]
  • Bachchan :  Baptism by fire
    As Abhishekh Bachchan celebrates his 29th birthday today, on February the 5th, a look at his career graph will show that Abhishekh Bachchan entered the film industry with one very big asset-his surname, for the name Bachchan is only next to God, as far as the hysterical masses in this country are concerned. And hence it was obvious at the very outset, that the youngster's initiation would be a trial by fire. It was unlikely that he would be given many years and a dozen films, before the people's verdict came out. And thus his biggest asset, the Bachchan surname must also have put tremendous pressure and demand on him.


  • Bachchan :  Baptism by fire
    Even after a better than average performance in his debut film, Refugee, in the year 2000, directed by a senior and successful director like J.P.Dutta, Abhishekh failed to woo the masses. After this came a string of average films, which unfortunately did not do very well at the box office, though in each and every film, Abhishekh's performance never faltered. Films like Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, Bas Itna Sa Khwab Hai, Haan Main Ne Bhi Pyar Kiya, Shararat, and Om Jai Jagdish saw Abhishekh grow from strength to strength, though recognition and appreciation was not easily forthcoming, either from the media or from the lay public.


  • Bachchan :  Baptism by fire
    He gave a sterling performance in 'Main Prem Ki Diwaani Hoon' a film that was from the house of Baarjatiya's. This film, which starred Hritik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor, was a much-publicised high budget movie, and it saw Abhishekh come of age, enacting the role of Prem, and delivering a restrained act. Nominations and awards were expected for this role, but none was forthcoming.

    But all this perhaps only strengthened Abhishekh's will, and he returned with Apoorva Lakhia's 'Mumbai Se Aaya Mera Dost', where one saw him play a villager who returns home, bringing with him much of the city's attitudes and luxuries, much to the bewilderment of the village folk. This was one of his best roles, and was expected to raise him a few notches higher in the climb to super-stardom. Unfortunately, this film also had a poor run.


  • Bachchan :  Baptism by fire
    Work kept coming his way, and he continued with films like Boney Kapoor's 'Kuch Na Kaho' opposite Aishwarya Rai (another heart warming performance), 'Zameen' where he had to match his wits and his skills against Ajay Devgan, enacting the role of a army dropout turned police commissioner, and J.P.Dutta's LOC which had most of the Bollywood bigwigs. All these three films did average business. It is the irony of Hindi films that even an average performance in a super hit film gives you fame and name.

    But slowly the tide was turning for Abhishekh.Then came Yuva, Run, Phir Milenge, and Dhoom, films which did pretty decently at the box office, with Dhoom probably being Abhishek's biggest hit, till date. Each and every one of these roles demanded that little extra effort from him, and he gave it his best. He was magnificient as the small time crook trying to break into the big league in Yuva, and for this performance he was awarded the best supporting actor award at the Star Screen awards, this year. He also performed well, as the lover on the run in Run, as a very sensitive and emotional lawyer, out to help a wronged AIDS victim in Phir Milenge, and as a tough cop, in charge of busting a gang of motorbike gangsters, in Dhoom. Dhoom is probably the turning point in his career, for this film has been a big, big hit all over the country.


  • Bachchan :  Baptism by fire
    Abhishekh Bachchan has proved himself, time and again; to be a good actor, in roles demand him to be an action hero, a comedian or a romantic individual. But being who he is, comparisons with the big B never cease, and perhaps never will. Though comparisons are considered odious, that is exactly what the human mind does, and Indians are such voracious film goers and debaters, that a compare and contrast, of Bachchan senior and Bachchan junior is constantly going on, in the press, in parties, in colleges, and almost in every town and shanty in this country.

    Now with yet another Ram Gopal Varma film, Naach faring badly at the box office, Abhishekh is again on a roller coaster ride. With Sarkaar and Bunty and Babli on the anvil, here's wishing him a very happy birthday and all the best for his future ventures.


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