28 July, 2021

The Parts And The Whole

Bad films, luck, dispassionate acting, what jinx tugs at Abhishek Bachchan’s career?

The Parts And The Whole

None of the self-confessed Bollywood buffs we talk to seem to have a bad word to say about Abhishek Bachchan. “He looks like such a nice guy,” says Shohini Ghosh, professor at the AKJ Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia. Adman and columnist Santosh Desai finds his “cheeky, self-deprecatory sense of humour” refreshing and disarming. He comes across as a normal, intelligent boy to social anthropologist Shiv Visvanathan, “one who can laugh at himself”. Bollywood itself regards him as courteous, well-spoken, witty and likeable. Why, he even seems to have fans amongst the cynics in the Outlook office. So, despite such goodwill and affection, why has success been so elusive, and so consistently? Why does his pile of flops keep increasing by the year? Why does Abhishek Bachchan keep underscoring the adage that nice boys always finish last?

Take his latest film, Game, that opened feebly at the box office last week. The tepid thriller, made on a budget of Rs 40 crore,...

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