To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Mani Ratnam’s Guru, Abhishek Bachchan posted a poster of the film and a write up that took us down the memory lane.
He wrote, “It’s hard to believe that it’s been 10 years. Guru has been one of the most demanding as well as one of the most satisfying experiences of my life. Every second of making the film is etched in my memory. From our first day of shooting in a freezing Istanbul to our last in the heat and humidity of Mumbai. Turkey, Badami, Puducherry, Madura, Chennai and finally Mumbai such great memories.”
He also gave a short anecdote about what happened before the film. “Not many know, Mani and I, after Yuva had planned to make another film. A couple of months before we were to roll on production he sent me a message that he wanted to meet urgently.
I offered to fly down to Chennai and he said that he would come up to Mumbai. That’s when I panicked! I was convinced he was going to replace me and tell me that he felt that I was wrong for the film we were about to make. The day he arrived I was a nervous wreck, praying that he wouldn’t. He arrived, sat down and in his unique manner told me he didn’t want to make the film.
My heart sank, my worst fears were coming true. I mustered up whatever courage I could and as bravely as possible told him that I would obey whatever his decision was. He said “OK” and started leaving. Every step he took towards the door was crushing. Then he turned around and said ” oh yeah, there’s something else I’ve planned will you do that?” I didn’t even hear what he was planning to make, my “yes” was instant. That’s how Guru happened.”
Thanking his wife, Aishwarya for playing his reel like wife in the film and having a major contribution in shaping up this character, Abhishek concluded by saying, “Lastly and most importantly, to my ” 50% partner”, to my Sujju, to my wife, to my Aishwarya.
Gurukant Desai is nothing without his Sujata. And my performance would have been nothing without you. You gave me confidence when I had none. You inspired me when I needed inspiration.”
While Abhishek’s career did not have a great start, he picked up pace by doing films like YUVA. His character Lallan is still recognised as one of his best roles. Right from the aggressive kabaddi inside jail to the action sequences in the film, Abhishek’s Lallan was spot on.
A year after YUVA released, Ram Gopal Varma’s SARKAR got everyone talking. His style, his dialogues and his shades of ‘the angry young man’ were seen evidently in this character. 2007, January saw the release of Mani Ratnam’s GURU. A film, Abhishek shouldered single-handedly.
From playing a young village boy to an entrepreneur and then an old businessman, the role of Gurukant Desai couldn’t have been portrayed better by any other actor. Then with performances like in PAA, Bluffmaster, Dostana and Bunty Aur Bubli he restored our faith in acting.
After taking a series of multi starrer comedy films like Housefull 3, All Is Well, Happy New Year and a few others, the audience has stopped taking Abhishek seriously. Hence the big question arises, Will Abhishek get ever be seen portraying serious, grave, character based roles again? Like GURU, YUVA and a few others, will Abhishek show what he’s made of?