A year older, and a year better! On Tuesday, the 5th of February, Abhishek Bachchan embraces the 43rd spring of his life. One might argue whether his career in films took off the way he wanted it to, but with the choice of works that he is making and with a happy family, Abhishek is definitely a content man right now. In showbiz, nobody has it easy. Your personal and professional failures are out in the open, for everyone to scrutinise.
And if your father's name is Amitabh Bachchan, the comparison probably gets a lot more difficult. In 2000, when he stepped in as a young actor with tons of aspirations, Abhishek was most certainly made to face a comparison, even if it was really an uneven one. To be kept in the same league with senior Bachchan itself comes with a lot of pressure, and many would succumb to it. Add to that the baggage of expectations. Abhishek, however, maintained a positive perspective about it throughout.
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For holding my hand and guiding my through it all.... For teaching my by leading by example.... For still holding my hand and for your unending love and support. Happy Father's Day! Love you Pa. @amitabhbachchan
In his old interview with Simi Garewal that dates back to 2003, he is heard sharing how he wouldn't allow the comparison and expectations to weigh him down. "Before I started working, I used to think of these things. That I am coming to the same industry both my parents have achieved so much in. Expectations will be very high. but I can't let comparisons and expectations weigh me down. I have always looked at it this way- I am being measured up to the best," he says.
In the same interview, he also shared how he has always been in absolute awe of his father's films and watched almost no other films than Big B's. With a legend at home, no one really looks out for inspiration. But does that also set a benchmark for oneself?
Beginning from his debut film Refugee in 2000 till the next few years, Abhishek appeared in a series of films including Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya, Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hai, Desh and Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon. Numerous times, he also had his encounters with box office failures. His first major hit, however, was Dhoom in 2004. Dhoom remains one of his career's most successful films, followed by Mani Ratnam's Guru.
Not that he hasn't faced failure again. A number of times, despite delivering a performance that the critics widely loved, the films did not work out. Mani Ratnam's Raavan is a prime example of that. But by then, Abhishek, had no competition to fight or no comparisons to win over. While he was always an actor with promises, is it safe to say that the relief from constant comparisons gave him the room he strongly needed?
Legacies are often unmatchable. Not just Amitabh Bachchan, but Abhishek's mother Jaya Bhaduri too is an actor par excellence, with an extremely rich filmography and her own legacy. None of it can really be replaced. But steadily, Abhishek continues to discover his space and cinematic likes.
His last outing Manmarziyaan explored a subtle shade of him that everyone loved. Should we also say we really were missing that restrained presence on the big screen?
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We wish you a happy birthday Abhishek, and our wish for you is that you continue to be yourself!