17 June, 2021

Aby's Baby: Gripewater Days

Abhishek Bachchan's first three films have bombed. But kindly uncles in the industry wouldn't want to write him off.

Aby's Baby: Gripewater Days
The fundamental problem one confronts in laying down Abhishek Bachchan's epitaph is that many believe in life after  death. Even cynical Bollywood concedes sometimes an icon is born after three flops. So it is with the son of India's biggest star. Bachchan junior's first three films have, clearly,flopped. But the industry still keeps the faith.

Abhishek's has had an indifferent run: debut Refugee-an ill-fated, cross-border love story-barely broke even. Then came, in quick succession, Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya-in which he plays a poor orphaned man in love with a high-flying ad executive/model-and Dhai Akshar Prem Ke, about a young army officer caught in a love tangle. Both bombed. Compare this to Hrithik Roshan's debut Kaho Na Pyar Hai which made Rs 40 to 45 crore all over India and you have the picture.

With a well-scrubbed face that could belong to a financial consultant and dancing ability that permits him to lift one limb at a time, Abhishek strangely hasn't disappointed too many people in the industry. Hrithik may be the man delirious...

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