These days wherever Abhishek Bachchan goes, he cannot escape questions on his new fatherhood. Things weren’t any different on Thursday afternoon at the Screen Chatroom. Bachchan — who was here to meet the employees of the Express Group and promote his upcoming film, Players — was happy sharing his experience on being a father. When asked about how his baby daughter was, the actor displaying his usual sense of humour responded, “I hope she is good. I have been out since morning.” The name for the baby, however, hasn’t been decided by the family yet. “We are still contemplating. We have asked for suggestions from everyone and we will decide on a name which the entire family likes.” Bachchan then said, that he was glad that the baby looked like the mother Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, “because a baby with a stubble would look weird”.
Moving on from baby talks, Bachchan spoke about how much he loved being a part of a film like Players. The official remake of The Italian Job has Bachchan playing a suave and stylish character, who is part of the gold heist. For Bachchan, the toughest part of the film was getting inside the car and out of it. “Abbasji and Mustanji (directors of the film) chose the three tallest people in the team — Sonam (Kapoor), Sikander (Kher) and myself to enter those tiny cars,” joked Bachchan. For the film, Bachchan has also done some dangerous stunts, especially the one where he is hanging in between two moving trains. “It was fun,” he exclaimed. “I am a little uncomfortable with a body double doing stunts for me. At the end of the day, even he is risking his life, so why not me?” he asked.
Apart from Players, Bachchan is also working on a couple of more projects, Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan alongside Ajay Devgn and Yashraj Films’ Dhoom 3. While the shoot for Bol Bachchan is on currently, Bachchan will start shooting for Dhoom 3 in the coming months. “I am happy I am getting to do so many different genres in films. In the last 10 years, I have done most of the genres,” he says proudly. But horror is something he has never tried his hand at and never will. “I don’t like watching horror films. They scare me.”
As a producer too, Bachchan has been quite successful and this he owes to his start in the industry as a production boy. “My only aim as a producer is to make movies within a limited budget and make sure that once the movie releases, every person recovers his/her money.” For Bachchan, who made Paa in Rs 17 crore and Bbuddah Hoga Tera Baap in Rs 10.5 crore, being a producer has been a very satisfying job. “I hope to continue in the same vein. We have R Balki again who is writing two more scripts for us. We are in the process of finalising more scripts,” he said.
Bachchan, who has been quite active on Twitter, said that he felt the need to exploit the social media because he wanted to connect with his fans. “I feel the fan base in India has undergone a huge change. Today, the fans want to befriend you unlike earlier times when they revered the stars,” he said.