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02-02-2013, 04:09 PM #1
Abhishek Bachchan's double whammy in 2013
Quietly, Abhishek Bachchan has slithered forward to a place under the sun. Rohit Shetty’s Bol Bachchan got the underrated actor a renewed box office endorsement. After saying no to a slew of almost-accepted offers Abhishek has finally given his nod to two major projects this year.
The first of these is Farah Khan’s Happy New Year which Abhishek starts shooting in the first quarter of the year. Abhishek would be sharing the marquee in Farah’s film with Shah Rukh Khan. The two were supposed to come together in Farah Khan’s directorial debut Main Hoon Na. Abhishek was supposed to play the role that eventually went to Zayed Khan.
Now in Happy New Year SRK and Junior AB are being cast in parallel parts. Farah would be Abhishek’s second woman director after Revathi in Phir Milenge, not counting the cameo as himself in Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance and Farah Khan’s Om Shanti Om.
In the second-half of 2013 Abhishek goes into Oh My God director Umesh Shukla’s film. A solo-hero project with a serious social issue underlining the humour, the two have zeroed in on a script that Shukla describes as a “social comedy.”
Elaborating on the project Shukla says, “This time it’s not based on a play or any other external source. It is an original script. It’s the story of a son and his relationship with his parents. I can’t reveal too much at the moment. But like my OMG it will address an important social issue in an engaging humorous mood.”
Shukla says he is the process of writing his social comedy for Abhishek. “There’s time yet. Abhishek will first go into Happy New Year. I will lock in his dates after he returns from New York. I narrated the idea to Abhishek before he left. He liked it. So we’re going ahead with it.”