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The Neo-Sarkar of Bollywood on the Rise
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It is rightly said: "Talent will do that what it can, genius has to do what it must". Yes, he is a genius. He has finally proved himself. He is loved, adored and appreciated as the coolest ' hot guy' of Bollywood. He brought back the rough masculine look. It took him almost five years to metamorphose into a versatile actor. The factor 'acting' which must be in his DNA shows him working with the best and brightest genres of Indian Cinema. 

Abhishek clicked in Mani Ratnam's Yuva (2004). His performance as 'Lallan', the angry hit man in Yuva was the turning point. From then onwards, he has not even looked back. Again the same director's Guru(2007) has given him the best ever critical acclaims till yet. Gurubhai seems to be the actor most likely to lead Generation Next. So hectic has 2005 been with 17 flops, with back- to- back successes in Bunty Aur Babli, Sarkar and Dus that he had to refuge- regretfully, a key role in Meera Nair' s The Namesake.

The Bluffmaster rocked the theatres with singing as well as dancing (Ek Main Aur Ek Tu Hai.). According to many filmmakers, 'his timing also appears to be perfect'. Abhishek has shown he can act and dance (evident in Kajra re and Dus Bahane.) He matched Amitabh Bachhan's footsteps admirably in Kajra Re. When AB Junior waves his hands in Guru as Subhash Nagre did in 'Sarkar', the audience wishes that he has the potential to rule the industry as the new 'Sarkar' (the climax of Sarkar suggests). His silence spoke volumes in the movie. 

The rise of AB Junior proves that a family name helps only for a short time span and to reach the peak one should have aptitude. Refugee, AB's debut film was also appreciated as a story of pure love and emotion. However, it is a belated recognition of Abhishek's talent. Unfortunately, Indian audience prefers mindless candifloss cinema like Dhoom and Dus to sensible cinema like Refugee, Phir Milenge .

Filmmakers are fixing appointment with him as he is the new Box- Office Darling. AB's strength is that 'he is real'. Never is he defensive about his critics. The key to Abhishek's long- term success- he is less a star and more the character. He has grown with time. He is now worth 2.5 crore, up from Rs. 1.5 crore. His fans believe, he is perfect blend of a well- brought- up boy and a classic man. Under his belt AB Junior has Shaad Ali' s Jhoom Barabar Jhoom , Pradeep Sarkar' s Chudiyan, Apoorva Lakhia' s Shootout At Lokhandwala, RamGopal Verma' s Sarkar 2 and Goldie Behl' s Drona.

The wedding bells are knocking at AB Baby' s door. The reel-life romance of Rani Mukherji- Abhishek even sparked off rumors of real-life romance. However, the queen bee here is the former Miss World Aishwarya Rai. Abhishek and his fianc' Aishwarya (popularly known as Abhiash) met on the sets of Dhai Akshar Prem Ke. The film did not click at the Box Office and so did their next film together, Kuch Na Kaho. But they warmed to each other. It is Guru, which hit the box- office.  

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Comment 3 years down the line, with failures like Drona and Ravan, Abhishek's tryst with failure seems to have been a foregone conclusion.That is because some of his mannerisms are out of sync with the characters that he portrays.He was good in "Dhoom", "Bluff Master" but after that ? Ok, "Paa" was an exception, but other than that ?Actually, it is extremely challenging for such an actor as there will be constant comparisons with his father. So, the actor has to take a break and decide the kind of roles that he needs to perform.I feel Abhishek should explore his acting talent further, stop doing silly roles and stop that twisting of nose and contortion of face.

Karan Gupta
10/07/2010 12:31 PM

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