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Abhishek Bachchan couldn’t afford clothes when family was ‘going through a rough time’, says he reused sherwani from sister’s wedding at awards event

Abhishek Bachchan recalled the difficulties his family went through when his father Amitabh Bachchan's business failed.

abhishek bachchan amitabh bachchanAbhishek Bachchan poses with his father, Amitabh Bachchan.

Actor Abhishek Bachchan recalled his career beginnings in the Hindi film industry, and how he was ‘spotted’ by director JP Dutta at an awards function after being rejected by scores of directors over two years. He said that he’d returned to India from college in the United States to be with his father during difficult times – Amitabh Bachchan’s business had just collapsed – and during this time, he started working as a production assistant and assistant director.

But, Abhishek said on the Galatta Plus roundtable featuring Hindi actors, he always wanted to be a movie star. And so, he met several directors, but none of them wanted to take on the responsibility of launching Amitabh Bachchan’s son. Abhishek said that he and his friend decided to write their own script, but even that didn’t take off. One day, Amitabh invited Abhishek to join him at the Filmfare awards, which is where his life changed.

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He said, “Filmfare, 20 years ago, you planned months in advance about what you’d wear. And nobody was giving away free clothes in those days, you’d have to buy them yourself. You’d make sure you weren’t shooting that evening, the entire industry would show up, even if they weren’t nominated. It was an occasion. But then, I was like, ‘What to wear?’ It sounds weird to (say it now) but I didn’t have that many clothes, we couldn’t afford to… We were going through a rough time, and trying to be as frugal as we could be.”

He continued, “I had nothing formal to wear, and I didn’t think it would be prudent to show up in jeans and a T-shirt. So, the sherwani that was made for my sister’s wedding a couple of years earlier, I wore that and went.” Abhishek said that JP Dutta won the best director award for Border that year, and as he was walking down the stage, he spotted Abhishek and was struck by his appearance. Two days later, he asked to meet him, and that led to Abhishek getting his first film.

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Abhishek made his acting debut with JP Dutta’s Refugee, opposite fellow debutante Kareena Kapoor. In recent years, Abhishek has experimented with more realistic cinema, but said that he is rearing to return to old-school song-and-dance fare, or even a slapstick comedy. Abhishek was last seen in the sports drama Ghoomer, directed by R Balki and starring Saiyami Kher in the lead role.

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First published on: 26-12-2023 at 10:35 IST
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