Monday, May 29, 2006

Abhishek Bachchan - Yuva and Bunty Aur Babli

Like his father, Abhishek Bachchan also had to go through a fairly long spell of failures till he tasted sweet success. Amongst the films that wonders for Abhishek's career are (i) Yuva (2004) directed by Mani Ratnam and starring Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Rani Mukherji, Esha Deol and Kareena Kapoor and Bunty Aur Babli (2005) directed by Shaad Ali and starring Amitabh Bachchan and Rani Mukherji with a very special appearance by Aishwarya Rai for the hit song "Kajra Re".

Both Yuva and Bunty Aur Babli were first offered to Hrithik Roshan and he had to say no to both these films as he had date problems.

And what these two movies did for Abhishek's career is known to everybody. As the fiery Lallan Singh in Yuva, Abhishek got a lot of critical acclaim and as the smart-alec-fast-talking Rakesh a.k.a. Bunty, he got both critical and commercial success.

There have been countless such instances in the Hindi film industry where one actor (some times more than one) rejects the movie and it goes to another actor who benefits tremendously from that movie. More about such instances, in some of my later posts.

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