I don’t hang out with a lot of people. I hardly party. But if I confide, there are very few people... there’s Abhishek, Sanju, Suniel Shetty. We might speak to one another once a week or so, but we know we are there for each other.
Abhishek would’ve told me first if there was anything serious happening! We are more like friends than father and son.
They should judge Abhishek for what he is. It is unfair to compare him with me.
Its not easy to be subjected to humiliation and ridicule and still have the temerity to fight back. But he did it on his own
He's a thorough professional. He has a combination of both his parents' talent, but he knows that in order to prove himself, he will always have to work very hard!
He's neither a boy nor a man.
He is a wonderful boy, very down to earth with absolutely no hang-ups. He's very well brought up and a thorough gentleman. I've seen him right from childhood and I feel Amitabh and Jaya have given a lot of time to their kids. As an actor, he's very intelligent and very good, especially the way he delivers his dialogues!
Abhishek is a lovely lovely boy.
I love the fact that I face healthy competition from actors like Abhishek Bachchan because it forces me to do well. I believe in doing my best - to fit into different roles and bring out the human side of every character.
If Abhishek had his release in January, maybe he would be the guy experiencing this craze, not I.
Abhishek is a fabulous son, but like every other child, there have been a few exasperating moments.
Abhishek has a lot of both his parents but yes, people who are close, know him to be loving and friendly like me. But he certainly has his father's dry sense of humour. I think it's quite a combination.
Abhishek is very warm and affectionate. He always participates in a conversation and is very talkative with the people he knows.
Abhishek is going to shock you (in KANK). His expressions, his interpretation of his character have to be seen to be believed. I truly believe Abhishek is the star of tomorrow.
He is one of the most cultured and funniest persons I have met.
He’s delightful to work with!
My best friends in the industry are Karan Johar, Hrithik Roshan and Suzanne, Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri.
Abhishek is a fantastic actor. He knows exactly what to do and how the film will turn out. When he was acting I realised how intelligent he is as an actor.
Abhishek and Hrithik are very different but very, very good actors. But Duggu (Hrithik) is also a spontaneous actor. Both of them are very focused on their roles.
Ram Gopal Varma
I knew there was an incredible dignity and the hero in him. When I finally worked with him, the novelty struck me.
I think Abhishek is a very, very different actor from his father. He is extremely perceptive. His understanding of life is more contemporary than mine or Mr Bachchan's.
The thing about me and Abhishek is that we are such close pals that our chemistry works on the big screen. That’s why after Bunty Aur Babli, Karan Johar has signed us both in a film together.
When real life romance actors work together, there is always discomfort as a lot of personal things crop up. But two friends can work wonders when acting, like in the case of Shah Rukh and Kajol.
But it’s a good thing that people have linked us together as that will benefit the films promotion. As far as Abhishek goes, I’m not dating him. I have no time for dates. Personally I hope Abhishek gets a very nice girl, as he is a good friend of mine and I can only hope the best for him.
I think it's very unfair to make comparisons. Jaya aunty is an awesome actress and Amitabh uncle is fabulous as well. But when it comes to Abhishek, I'm sure he's going to have his own brand of super talent as well! I'm certain he will make his parents very proud.
I can't remember the very first time I met Abhishek. He's younger than I, and when he came in, he was one of the youngest kids in boarding school. Things were very different. He was a 'small boy', not towering over everyone as he is today! We didn't spend too much time together in school -- one tends to spend more time with batchmates. But, back in India, we connected very quickly. We got along very well because of alumni connections and old contacts. That helped. We became friends and work has just been helping the relationship.
As a person, Abhishek is very warmhearted. He's extremely upfront and clear about things in his head. This doesn't mean he's outspoken, but he certainly articulates his thoughts. He's very well spoken. We catch up whenever we can, and our friendship revolves around music, food and films.
We like all kinds of food, everything from paaya to pasta, and we keep exploring different places to eat out. In terms of music, there's all kinds of stuff, from modern acoustic to urban hip-hop, hindi music to Tamil, something he has exposed me to. There's an amazing range of tastes in our collection.
In terms of movies, again, there are no rules. Martin Scorsese is a big favourite for us both, and there are many others. Getting the time to watch films together is difficult though. We have our own commitments, and actors are obviously very busy. Even when Abhishek is in town, he's normally working 12-16 hours a day. So when we get some time to ourselves, we generally turn to music. Sit down and discuss what's new on our iPods. It is the best way to unwind.
In terms of an actor-director dynamic, it is a very comfortable relationship. We are very clear about what we want to do, and that helps us incorporate any improvisation on the sets. He makes sure there's a relaxed atmosphere on the sets. Everyone is bound to feel at home if the lead actor is helping them out. There's a lot of stress while shooting, so it's nice to have him come through and keep everyone relaxed. He's very comfortable improvising, and a lot of what we end up with is totally unplanned, but that has to be with the right actors, who understand the situation.
He is definitely a prankster on the sets, and is often fooling around. But I think that's mostly to keep the mood on the sets light. And to make sure he himself doesn't get too tightly wound up. So there is a practical side to his pranks and mayhem. He is actually a very reserved person. By which I mean he is someone who isn't loud or obnoxious. Coming from a family like he does, it's no surprise that he's a very dignified person, and he's also very laidback. He doesn't feel the need to project himself as anything or be louder. He's happy to step back. As a person and an actor, he's very secure in himself.
Abhishek has a lot of friends, from all over the place! He has tons of friends who are much older than he is, and he's got younger buddies as well. He's very sociable, and the important thing is that he makes an effort to keep old relationships active. He's still very close to his schoolfriends. Just recently, he came down for an old schoolfriend's wedding from a shoot, and spent two days there. His actions really show how much his friends mean to him, how invaluable they are.
As an actor, I think he has just started to get going. There's a lot more for him to do. He's only just beginning to move into high gear. He should keep going. He has worked with top directors like Mani Ratnam, I think he understands that himself. He's doing his own thing.
An actor or a star... These labels go hand in hand. As he gets more success at the box office, it will give him more independence to do the projects he wants. I don't think he's consciously assigning more importance to either critics or the box office. He's just doing his own thing. He genuinely enjoys getting up in the morning and going to work.
A dream birthday gift for Abhishek would be an iPod with all of the world's music in it. Every song ever. But in the size of a Nano.
Sikandar (Anupam & Kirron Kher's son)
I am very close to Abhishek Bachchan. More than a friend, he is like an elder brother to me. We are both sports freaks and play basketball together or go for long drives in his car. We've spent some great times together.
Yes, I want a man in my life but I have no time to look for one! And unless it's Abhishek, I don't think there is anyone in the film industry who I feel is my Mr. Right. To add more, he is also my dream co-star.
Abhishek is one prank-master! And I have been a bakra! This was during the shoot of Om Jai Jagdaish in Rajasthan. I was asked to relax in my room while the next shot was getting readied. When I reached my room, I was again informed that Anupam needed me on the sets. When I turned to leave for the sets, the door felt stiff and I was unable to open it. I soon realized that Abhishek had locked the door from the outside. I kept banging on the door, but the menace that he is, wouldn't open up. Slowly I began to loose my cool, and only when the bangs became thuds did he unlock the door!
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