Taking his 'sirji' avatar seriously, Abhishek Bachchan took to teaching at Anupam Kher's Actor Prepares on Monday.
The series started by the institute, titled an actor prepares: behind the success, began with a long discussion with the actor, who was trained in acting by Anupam Kher himself. As a guest lecturer the junior Bachchan imparted his knowledge about acting and filmmaking to the many Bollywood aspirants in the institution.
A little over twenty four hours later, his father, Amitabh Bachchan posed as not the lecturer but the guest principal of the Welingkar Institute in central Mumbai. Although unlike his son, his becoming the Principal of the college was a part of the promotional campaign for his forthcoming film Aarakshan, the actor came fully prepared for it. And come to think of it, he did have some practice playing principal since his Mohabbatein days.
Abhishek's lecture on filmmaking at Anupam Kher's institute, pleased Kher so much that he went to twitter town with the news and a picture.
Abhishek being his usual funny self, showed the students how to walk, how to sit, how to kneel and even how to dance. Bachchan spoke about his envious lineage, the long journey to success, his reverses even after becoming a successful actor and how he overcame them.
He shared the insecurities of the profession, his take on acting and actors and how essentially an actor gets paid to becoming a split personality. "Often, an actor does not know when his role ends and real life begins," he quipped.
Speaking on Abhishek's performance as a lecturer, a very happy Anupam Kher said, "I had trained him (Abhishek) many years ago in acting with Hrithik and others. Abhishek was the perfect guest to have on the last day of the students passing out. It helped the students a great deal.
It's reinventing himself as an actor; it's good for the students and us. In the workshop, he did everything. He was like a trope. The best part about acting is when you talk about it and do some exercise, you also discover yourself."
While the son did some re-discovering, his paa as the Principal of the Aarakshan college (that's what the institute was renamed for the day), on a promotional spree spoke about reservation wearing the scholar's garb. Fans surrounded the area to get a look of their superstar.
Director Prakash Jha, a part of this new marketing ploy was overjoyed with the senior Bachchan's performance. "He was just in character. He was the Principal of Aarakshan College. So while others took their classes he kept a tab on them all.
Deepika took a class on dance, Saif took a class on guitar, Manoj Bajpayee took a class on acting, Shankar Ehsaan Loy took a class on music and I along with Anjum Rajabali took a class on filmmaking. At the end, Mr Bachchan went up and gave his speech," revealed Jha.
"He did not take classes but what he shared was nothing less than education. At the end of it he gave away the degrees to the students," he added.