Abhishek Bachchan Recalls The Time When No One Was Ready To Launch Him, 'Forget How Many Producers And Directors I Met And Requested'

On completing 20 years in Bollywood, Abhishek Bachchan recalls how his film with Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra never happened because no one was ready to launch him

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Abhishek Bachchan Recalls The Time When No One Was Ready To Launch Him, 'Forget How Many Producers And Directors I Met And Requested'
Abhishek Bachchan is among one of the most talented, hard-working and humble actors to exist in Bollywood. Well, he may be the son of one of the most celebrated, legendary and successful actors but that didn't make his entry to Bollywood any easy. On the completion of 20 years of his debut film Refugee, Abhishek Bachchan took to his Instagram and recalled how his first film was supposed to Samjhauta Express with Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra; however, it never happened as no director or producer was ready to launch him. Bachchan further revealed how he still regrets not being able to make the above-mentioned film, as it was close to his heart. Further, Abhishek reminisced his memorable Bollywood journey so far.

An excerpt from Abhishek's long post read, “#Roadto20 Year-2009 #Delhi6 #Paa Many don’t know that in 1998 @rakeyshommehra and I wanted to start our film careers together. Him directing me in a script we both worked on called “Samjhauta Express”. Both not able to get anyone to launch us despite trying very hard. I forget how many producers and directors I met and requested to give me an opportunity to act. But to no avail! We both were friends and decided that we would develop something that Rakeysh could direct and I would act in and that’s how Samjhauta Express was conceived. Alas, the film never got made ( a regret we still have in our hearts )."

He continued, "Rakeysh went on to make Aks with my father and I was luckily spotted by JP saab. He liked my “look”, I had grown my hair long and a beard for SE. JP saab was thinking of making Akhri Mughal ( a historical ) and was on the lookout for a young fresh face... I got lucky. He never made Akhri Mughal but made Refugee instead.”

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"Over 10 years later Rakeysh and I finally managed to work together in the beautiful and still oh-so-relevant Delhi 6. Such a beautiful cast. We were all like one big family, always together even after wrap. Great senior actors that I could have only dreamt of acting with. Such a special experience. @sonamkapoor in only her second film. My second with the stunning Waheda Rehman aunty. And my first with an actor I was always a fan of and was praying I would get the opportunity to work with. Mr. Rishi Kapoor. Although Chintu uncle and I had just a few scenes together, they were so memorable to shoot! Paa, saw me reunite with my Pa," added the actor.

Well, Abhishek continued how Paa turned out to be a game changer for its entire team and they ended up winning three National Awards, critical acclamation and box-office success.

image source: instagram/bachchan
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