Actor Abhishek Bachchan’s Manmarziyaan has been in news lately for the public spat between filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and the film’s co-producer Kishore Lulla. This was after Lulla agreed to delete certain scenes from the film in the wake of objections by Sikhs.
Days later, Abhishek’s leading lady in the film, Taapsee Pannu, faced a barrage of trolling on social media from the Sikh groups because of her comments defending the objectionable scenes from the film.
Abhishek, who is rarely seen speaking about his personal life, recently opened up on his struggle in the Bollywood. Speaking at Jagran Film Summit, the Manmarziyaan actor said that a lady had once slapped him outside a cinema hall soon after his film Shararat was released in 2002. The woman, he said, had slapped him for ’embarrassing his family’s name.’
He said, “It was a tough time. I had once gone to Gaiety Galaxy to see how my film (Shararat) was doing; a lady came out and slapped me and said you’re embarrassing your family’s name, stop acting. Thankfully, I’m able to laugh about it today, but at that point, it was not a very good feeling.”
The incident in question took place in 2002, when he had gone to the theatre to gauge the public sentiments on his new release Shararat.
Abhishek had narrated the same incident on a TV show. You can watch the interview below.
In the interview, Abhishek had said that he did not have the advantages of being the son of Amitabh Bachchan. Contrary to popular perception, he did not a long ‘queue of producers’ outside his house when he expressed his desire to act in films. He had started his career in Bollywood by working in Amitabh Bachchan’s company, ABCL.
He said that he indeed had the advantages of meeting the directors without much trouble but his conversations with them did not often lead to signing of films. He said the constant rejections hurt him, leaving him shattered.
His first break came from JP Dutta’s Refugee, which failed to create any impact at the box office. In that interview, Abhishek Bachchan said that Dutta wanted to sign him for his project Mirza Mughal, which never happened, but he cast him in Refugee.
Although the film did not do well at the box office, his acting was appreciated by critics, leading to his full-fledged career in Bollywood.