Uday and I are 'Dhoom', says Abhishek Bachchan

Mumbai, Dec 17 (IANS) Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra have been part of the "Dhoom" franchise's journey from the time it took off in 2004. And Abhishek believes that other characters of the film may come and go unlike his and Uday's.

"Pardon the immodesty, but Uday Chopra and I are 'Dhoom'. The franchise chronicles the ongoing adventures of Jai and Ali, that's me and Uday. That's the format of the franchise. The other characters may come and go. But we go on forever. Like Batman and Robin. Can there be a 'Batman' franchise without Batman?" asked Abhishek.

Having said that, Abhishek looks back with much affection at the journey. "From 'Dhoom' to 'Dhoom 2' and now to 'Dhoom 3', it has been an amazing journey. To begin with, it was the story of the adventures of these three boys, me, Uday and John Abraham," he said.

"Our producer Aditya Chopra suggested we try to re-define the action genre in our cinema. We were all young, hopeful and enthusiastic, eager to try out this experiment. How were we to know it would turn out the way it did?" he added.

Now, the junior Bachchan feels the "Dhoom" franchise is watched for being what it is.

"Yes, there are stars in the film. 'Dhoom 2' had Hrithik (Roshan) and Aishwarya (Rai). And now 'Dhoom 3' has Aamir (Khan) and Katrina (Kaif). But I think the brand Dhoom is a much larger than starcast."

Abhishek feels the presence of a new director in the franchise brings all-new challenges to the table. The first two installments were directed by Sanjay Gadhvi.

"The other two 'Dhoom' films were not directed by Victor (Vijay Krishna Acharya). So, there is a new feel and flavour to the franchise that Uday and I could identify and feel since we are carryovers from the earlier life of the franchise," he said.

"Victor had a different vision. Fans of the 'Dhoom' series would be surprised by the changes in the franchise. Earlier the focus was on making a fun film. This is an edgier and darker 'Dhoom' than the first two," he added.

The 37-year-old has no leading lady in "Dhoom 3". But he does have Aamir. Abhishek can't stop raving about his formidable co-star.

"I must have been 11 when 'Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak' came out. It changed the way we look at love stories. The nation went crazy. We've loved and admired him for the kind of cinema he works in. Working with him was great learning experience," said the son of megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Abhishek says "Dhoom 3" was physically demanding, but he enjoyed all the action.

"It was like giving fancy toys to a boy to play with. I got to ride around in motorbikes and to ride these sleek motor-boats through these narrow canals in Chicago," he said.

As for trade voices already predicting a Rs.200-crore run for "Dhoom 3', the "Paa" star opines nonchalantly: "These are expectations from within the industry. The audience doesn't care about how much money a film makes. Do you know the collections of your all-time favourite film 'Amar Prem'? Audiences go to a film. They like or dislike it. That's it."

He will be seen on the big screen after a year, but says it wasn't planned that way.

"It's not as if I planned it that way. After 'Bol Bachchan' in May 2012, my career panned out in such a way that there was no release until now. 'Dhoom 3' kept getting repeatedly delayed for whatever reasons."

"And unfortunately, for my fans and for Katrina's fans, there was no release in 2013. It wasn't planned that way. And I didn't miss myself on screen. I see myself every day in the mirror," he said.

Abhishek says he felt no career pangs about being away for a longish time.

"By the grace of God, I am not an insecure actor at all. And if you see the career-graph of others, no major actor does more than a couple of films per year. Aamir, for that matter, has not been in a film since 'Talaash' a year back. So...no! I don't feel insecure about not being on screen for some time," he said.

--

Did you know that you can get stories like this on the Yahoo mail app?
Download it here.

Latest News

  • Hey, that's my cappuccino! Coyote captured outside lower Manhattan cafe

    Police captured a young, female coyote outside a cafe in a residential area of lower Manhattan on Saturday, the latest in a series of coyote sightings in New York City, where an increasing number of the predators are making their home. An emergency operator fielded a 911 call early Saturday morning reporting a coyote sighting at North Cove Marina near Battery Park City, said Detective Annette Markowski, spokeswoman for the New York Police Department. It was placed in a cage and transported …

  • Abercrombie & Fitch to ditch 'sexualized marketing' - Washington Post
    Abercrombie & Fitch to ditch 'sexualized marketing' - Washington Post

    Retail clothing chain Abercrombie & Fitch will end by July its "sexualized marketing," after years of blanketing its web sites, store windows and shopping bags with photos of half-naked men, according to the Washington Post. It will also stop using shirtless models or lifeguards at events and store openings for both the Abercrombie & Fitch and the Hollister brands, the newspaper reported late Friday, citing an announcement. Abercrombie & Fitch had come under fire in recent years for its …

  • Now out, Bruce Jenner shines spotlight on transgender inequality
    Now out, Bruce Jenner shines spotlight on transgender inequality

    By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - In coming out as a transgender woman, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and TV reality star Bruce Jenner made clear that while he is keen to help raise awareness about problems faced by the community, he is not self-appointing himself as a spokesman. During a groundbreaking interview on ABC Friday night, Jenner made a case for the transgender community's fight in the United States for equality, a safer society and more acceptance and understanding - in …

  • Hope 'Nach Baliye' clears my doubts about reality shows: Chetan Bhagat

    New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) Scripted and staged fights are thought to be synonymous with reality shows. Now, author Chetan Bhagat, who will be judging dance reality TV show "Nach Baliye 7", is on a quest to find out the truth for himself. He hopes his own doubts and perception about reality shows are cleared. "I was skeptical of reality shows, and I informed Ekta (Ekta Kapoor, producer of the TV show) about it. …

  • Modern lyrics not up to the mark: Annu Kapoor

    Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Actor Annu Kapoor, who entertains listeners via radio show "Suhaana Safar", says the lyrics of modern day songs are "not upto the mark" and certain songs only contain "rhyming and nothing else". Annu's show on 92.7 BIG FM has gained a lot of popularity in Delhi and Mumbai. …

  • LGBT film fest Kashish to feature 180 films from 44 countries

    Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) The sixth edition of the Kashish Mumbai International Queer Film Festival, India's only mainstream Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transsexual (LGBT) film fest, has announced a line-up of around 180 films from 44 countries. The gala will be held between May 27-31 at three venues -- the iconic art deco Liberty Cinema, Alliance Francaise de Bombay and the Max Muller Bhavan here. Considering the sheer number of entries we received and the diversity of experiences each of them …

  • Saif Ali Khan 'excited' to work with Vishal Bhardwaj again

    New Delhi, April 25 (IANS) After playing Ishwar 'Langda' Tyagi in 2006 crime drama film "Omkara", actor Saif Ali Khan is "excited" to return in a Vishal Bhardwaj directorial, in which he will star alongside Shahid Kapoor. The 44-year-old, who was here for a mobile launch, denied speculation that the untitled project is based on William Shakespeare's tragedy "King Lear". The film will mark the first time he will be working with his wife Kareena Kapoor Khan's former beau Shahid. …

  • Filmmaker Abhik Banu supports new novelist Parul Sharma

    Mumbai, April 25 (IANS) Filmmaker Abhik Banu, who has earlier written a novel titled "A Dark Rainbow", has now stepped forward to support young writer Parul Sharma's novel "Confess It!!". …

Loading...