Monday, November 29, 1999

Abhishek Bachchan in Mani Ratnam`s next

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Mumbai, June 16 -- It's been three years since their marriage and Abhishek Bachchan doesn't think it's imperative for him and wife Aishwarya Rai to play a couple in every film they do. He is confident that even though in Mani Ratnam's Raavan, Aishwarya plays south superstar Vikram's wife, whom he abducts, conservative Indians will still accept the film. Wouldn't they rather see them as a twosome? "I don't think like that and fortunately, neither does Aishwarya. We'd like to break convention and spring a surprise. It would be boring to do the same thing over and over again," he asserts. "The whole world knows that we are married and we don't have to rub that in. After marriage, we did Sarkar Raj and now Raavan, in which we were not romantically paired, and it was a high for both of us as artistes." Not comfortable Like Vikram, who plays Dev in Hindi version and Veera in the Tamil version, Abhishek was to play Dev in Tamil, apart from Beera in Hindi. But after a while, doubts began to creep in. "I realised I wouldn't be comfortable doing a Tamil movie. Besides, Beera was so larger-than-life that just playing him was enough of a challenge," he points out. He adds that he didn't want to just cram his lines and repeat them mechanically in front of the camera. Acting, he insists, is all about emoting. "So I told Mani to give me a year to learn Tamil. He couldn't wait that long, so I asked to be excused," he informs. The one role he did was difficult enough. After sliding down a rocky cliff, he couldn't sit properly for four days. Then, there were the blood-sucking leeches and the mind-numbing cold. "But still, given the opportunity, I'd do it all over again," he enthuses.Ranbir Kapoor has decided to become a daddy by the time he is 32. What about Abhishek? He says, "I don't believe in setting such benchmarks in my persona. I believe in destiny, things happen when God blesses you."

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