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Abhishek Bachchan discusses placing on 20 kg for Bob Biswas, and why he did not go the prosthetic method for the load gain-Entertainment News , Firstpost

‘Prosthetics, regardless of how professionally completed, at all times look faux. At least they don’t really feel proper for me. It at all times appears like a synthetic a part of my efficiency. I wanted to really feel Bob Biswas’s stomach, and never simply fake with a pillow tied to my midriff,’ says Abhishek Bachchan in an unique interview.

The trailer of Bob Biswas, starring Abhishek Bachchan because the notorious hitman from Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani (2012), renewed curiosity within the fictional character when it launched final week.

Ahead of the movie’s launch, Abhishek talks about placing on 20 kg for the position, why he didn’t go the prosthetic method for the load acquire, and taking pictures in Kolkata, a metropolis that appears like dwelling. Edited excerpts from the unique interplay under:

Bob Biswas is your second movie in a row after The Big Bull the place you’ve gone for a totally transformative method to your character, together with the slouch, the  girth, and the accent. How did you obtain that?

What accent? We have been very very clear on this. We didn’t need Bob Biswas to have a pronounced Bengali accent. Such distractions take away from the efficiency. But sure, you’re proper concerning the slouch — I needed to apply the Bob Biswas stroll for weeks — and naturally the girth. I needed to placed on nearly 20 kilos for the position.

Are you critical? But that’s harmful after the age of 40. Isn’t shedding that weight very troublesome at this age?

It is harmful. But I did handle to lose the avoirdupois — pardon my French — after gaining it. This time, I did the load acquire and weight reduction underneath strict medical supervision. So I didn’t endure any medical negative effects. When  I had placed on weight 15 years in the past for Guru, I had completed it unsupervised. And I suffered some critical well being points.

I bear in mind Kamal Haasan had screamed right into a plastic bag for a task. He broken his vocal chords completely.

Fortunately, I didn’t injury something completely once I gained and misplaced weight for Guru. In the 15 years which have handed since then, the movie business has grow to be a much more skilled place. No one is anticipated to take pointless dangers for a task.

Why was it so vital so that you can placed on weight for this position?

Sujoy Ghosh, who produced Bob Biswas, his daughter Diya who directs the movie, and I sat down to debate the character. We imagined Bob Biswas as portly. So my character wanted a potbelly. Sujoy and Diya prompt prosthetics. But I used to be fully against it.


Because prosthetics, regardless of how professionally completed, at all times look faux. At least they don’t really feel proper for me. It at all times appears like a synthetic a part of my efficiency. I wanted to really feel Bob Biswas’s stomach, and never simply fake with a pillow tied to my midriff. Nowadays, audiences catch on to any type of fakery in a efficiency.

After Guru and The Big Bull, Bob Biswas is your third transformative character. Is it simpler to play a task if you change your look?

It is vital for the actor to give up to his character fully. Any synthetic props are instantly caught out. Today’s viewers watches cinema from the world over. They know when an actor is faking it.

Thanks to OTT, your competitors are world characters, not solely Bollywood colleagues. Is {that a} honest evaluation?

I  don’t consider in competitors. I by no means permit myself to look anxiously over my shoulder at what my co-star is doing.

But you can’t deny that it (competitors) exists?

Of course, it does. So does one-upmanship, jealousy, and rivalry. I simply don’t wish to take pleasure in them. Or even take into consideration such detrimental issues.

You have labored with Sujoy Ghosh. Now, In Bob Biswas, it’s his daughter. Did you’re feeling you have been carrying on a lineage?

I don’t find out about that. But I did really feel very emotional watching Diya at work. I had completed cameos for Sujoy’s movies. But we haven’t obtained all the way down to doing a full-fledged movie as but. Bob Biswas is written by Sujoy. When I used to be supplied the movie and instructed his daughter was directing, I didn’t even assume twice. I simply stated sure with out even studying by way of the script. To me, relationships have at all times mattered above skilled pursuits.

Did Diya ship the directorial expertise that you simply anticipated?

Believe me, it’s laborious to consider Bob Biswas is her first movie. She’s simply 26, and so positive of what she needs from her script and actors, and the way to get it. It is wonderful how a lot expertise these youngsters of immediately have.

Is it any totally different taking pictures with a  feminine director?

No. Male administrators could be as delicate, perceptive, and delicate because the script needs them to be. I’ve labored with girls administrators up to now, Farah Khan and Revathi. But I by no means checked out them as girls administrators.

What attracted you to Bob Biswas?

You know, I’ve at all times tried to choose roles that problem me.

What makes Bob Biswas so particular is that he’s such a standard, common man. If you noticed him in a crowd, you wouldn’t be capable to inform him other than others.

This nondescript Everyman appears atypical. And he kills individuals. That’s his job. If appears might kill… This movie provides a wholly new interpretation to that phrase.

What was it like taking pictures in Kolkata for Bob Biswas?

I admit Kolkata appears like dwelling. My Maa is a Bengali, and my Paa is taken into account the son-in-law of Bengal. They think about me their grandson. And it’s an enormous honour for me to shoot in Kolkata every time I can. It may be very heartening to return to Kolkata. I shot on this metropolis for Mani Ratnam’s Yuva in 2003. I’ve additionally shot for Rituparno Ghosh’s Antar Mahal in Kolkata. Then I did one other Bengali movie, Partha Sengupta’s  Desh, the place I performed my very own mother’s son. Each time, I’ve been given a royal welcome right here. It appears like coming dwelling.

This appears to be an particularly cluttered time for you workwise?

I wouldn’t name it muddle. Because I get pleasure from what I do. But sure, I’ve Bob Biswas. Then quickly after that, I’ve one other movie Dasvi, which I’m happy with. Then I’ve simply shot in Chennai for a movie that I’m producing.  I’ve additionally accomplished one other season of the net sequence Breathe.

Do you assume the period of the star system is over now?

The love of stars won’t ever wane. What would you name Tom Cruise? But sure, with the OTT rising as a viable possibility for releasing movies, audiences wish to watch good content material. They nonetheless love their stars. But they wish to see them in good content material.

Final query, do you assume there’ll ever be one other Amitabh Bachchan?

No. Never.

Bob Biswas will premiere on ZEE5 on 3 December.

Subhash Ok Jha is a Patna-based movie critic who has been writing about Bollywood for lengthy sufficient to know the business inside out. He tweets at @SubhashK_Jha.

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