The Tribune - Spectrum

Sunday, October 15, 2000
Bollywood Bhelpuri

Third time (un)lucky?
By Madhur Mittal

BOLLYWOOD isn’t exactly brimming over with joy right now, guys... the reason being Abhishek Bachchan. He’s got the industry’s bigwigs’ blood pressure doing crazy bungee jumping because even his third movie — Raj Kanwar’s Dhai Akshar Prem Ke — isn’t carrying very flattering reports. After the debacle of Refugee and Tera Jadoo Chal Gaya, this film was being eagerly awaited with high hopes of Bachchan Jr undoing the damage to his image (and status) to an "appreciable" extent, you know.

Abhishek and Aishwarya in Dhai Akshar Prem KeBut nobody’s speaking that sort of supportive language; instead, the trade is looking on in (stupefied) silence. And fearing the worst: Is Abhishek going to be third time unlucky...? Look, It’s not as if the film isn’t made well or something. On the contrary, it is full of those touching sentiments that Kanwar is famous for. Indeed, both Abhi and Ash have done a terrific job of their roles. The core of the problem, as far as I can personally see, is that Abhishek has an identity crisis — subconsciously or unconsciously, he gets compared to his father, Amitabh Bachchan, all the time by (most) cinegoers, see? And that (despite Abhi’s better height)is, very frankly, too "tall" an order to meet!

A prized paradox, ain’t it, considering that Abhishek is definitely talented and capable of any portrayal. All, I feel, he needs at this stage of his career, is some "good" time. Let him stagger his starrers for the moment and wait... for a truly tremendous script ‘n’ role to happen. And then there shall be no looking back for Abhishek Bachchan.

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This Papa is really great!
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‘Hit-man’ Salman
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A fine example, indeed
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Tabu turns snob

Yeah, I really mean it! Never quite thought I’d use such a heading for a snippet on the ever-smiling, ever-cooperative Tabu...but then, I got a couple of hundred (at least!) zonked witnesses to back me on this one!

Let me tell you what transpired. Surendra and Niranjan Hiranandani have given a whole lot to the new, ultra fashionable landscape (and skyscape) of modern Mumbai by creating some amazing residential complexes ‘n’ condos, besides their gorgeous lake garden at Powai (where one movie or the other is always being shot). Well, they decided to invite Tabu to inaugurate their new shopping mall. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out that way at all!

To begin with, the special cine celebrity was about an hour late in reaching the celebrations venue and she was dressed almost like a rag doll. No wonder folks around failed to recognise her until her name was called out and she twaddled up to the ceremonial stage! And that’s when chaos hit the happening. Tabu blandly refused to pose for pix — solo or with the sponsors (who had shelled out a fat amount for her gracious presence (sic) — and wanted to go away even before she’d arrived!

To cut a sordid long story short, the mall was officially declared open to the thronging public... but not before they’d all had a (nasty) dose of Tabu’s wild whims!

Mahima is cool

In this respect, I must give full marks to Mahima Choudhary. She happens to be the one leading lady/heroine/star who never disappoints her fans ‘n’ admirers. If she has to cut the ribbon somewhere or say a few lines at a filmi function, well, she’s always there on the dot. And the guests, invitees, sponsors love her for it!

In other words, she hasn’t let success go to her head, at all —no hang-ups, no ego-hassles, no nakhras and certainly no silly, juvenile tantrums! Fun to meet and talk to, Mahima is one (rare) leading lady who ‘leads’ in real life, too. And, if there’s anything on her mind — she comes right out with it to keep the air absolutely clear ‘n’ clean. Now doesn’t that seem like a (much) more likeable human being?

Rumour has it

l That all is not well with the marriage vibes of Arshad Warsi and Maria Goretti...

l That Madhuri Dixit is keen to beat the Bachchan at his own KBC game with a prize ten times bigger!

l That Zeenat Aman will soon be seen again — on the big as well as the small screen.

l That Rekha has found herself yet another (eligible) hubby and may soon be tying the knot for the fourth (or is it the fifth?) time. Frankly, I’ve lost count, friends!

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