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‘It was sudden…but this is the 21st century, one must be prepared’

Day after The Big E, the Big B talks on his son, his son’s career and his soon to be daughter-in-law Aishwarya

Written by Harneetsingh | Mumbai |
January 16, 2007 2:33:53 am

A day after the blockbuster engagement of Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai, the power couple was back to work. While Abhishek, with mom Jaya Bachchan in tow, left for Jaipur early this morning to report on the sets of best bud Goldie Behl’s Drona, Ash was busy preparing for her Karjat schedule of Jodha Akbar that commences from Tuesday. The Indian Express caught up with Amitabh Bachchan:

It’s been a hectic weekend for your family, first Abhishek’s rousing performance in Guru and now the engagement.

Abhishek has been a revelation for all in this film. For me as a father it has been a very proud moment full of emotion and fulfilment. He has single-handedly faced obstacles and hurdles in his career with grit and determination. Never did he ever cow down to the adverse comments from critics and the media or the public at large. His strength of conviction and his desire to disprove them is his greatest achievement.

His praise now, from critics and adversaries, proves his worth, much more, than his credibility as a performer. He never reacted to disappointments and vicious innuendo. But quietly went about his work. Today he has not spoken, his work has. That’s the way I prefer him. And that is why I say that he is his father’s son. I am proud in the belief that he has defeated me, for that, is my greatest victory.

The engagement happened quite suddenly. Were you prepared for it?

Yes, the ‘shagun’ happened suddenly and no, I was not prepared for it. But this is the 21st century. One must be prepared for any sudden occurrences. For humanity, it is second nature now.

What is Abhishek’s state of mind right now?

If you could send or introduce me to a gauge that can measure happiness, I shall willingly respond to this query of yours!

Almost the entire city of Mumbai trooped outside Jalsa last night to convey their good wishes.

It moves me to see the instantaneous and genuine outpouring of love and affection from the people of this country. No matter what the circumstances, they have always stood by our family. I am eternally indebted to them and humbled beyond compare. It is difficult to describe it and it is difficult to acknowledge them personally. So I lean on the good offices of the media to convey to them my feelings.

The media, which gets equally excited and frenzied. They chased and followed and blocked our path to get that exclusive byte or visual last night. One tries to accommodate them, but their sheer volume, enthusiasm and aggression is a tad frightening and I do believe, detrimental to the occasion.

The reporters today are all so young and determined and spend hours of their time in extenuating circumstances for that valued close-up or quote. I feel extremely bad for them, but what can one do. It’s humanly impossible at times.

Is the wedding date fixed?

No.

Talking about Guru, how will you describe Abhishek’s performance in one word?

Incredible.

When you recently said that you couldn’t have given a performance like Abhishek’s, were you speaking as a father or as an actor?

As an actor.

What advice would you give to Abhishek now that he’s starting a new chapter in his life?

What advice can I give someone who, in your own words, has truly proved his mettle? But some things are a given. Never rest on your laurels, they rust rapidly. Look for a fresh challenge every moment; that will ensure progress. And never forget that an unknown force guides and protects us. Pay obeisance to it.

Any special gifts for Abhishek and Aishwarya?

The insurance of our unmitigated love and affection, always.

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