Abhishek Bachchan, who is getting lots of critical acclaim from his latest film ‘Manmarziyaan’, says that he is petrified of directing a film. Abhishek Bachchan was interacting with media at Jagran Cinema Summit 2018 on Friday in Mumbai.
Abhishek Bachchan made his acting debut in JP Dutta’s ‘Refugee’ in 2000 and in the span of 18 years, he has acted in 60 odd films. When Abhishek whether he has plans to direct a film in future, Abhishek said, “I am petrified of directing a film. I have been having tough enough time being an actor.”
He added, “I think direction is completely different discipline. I understand why actors sometime feel the creative urge to direct a film but I never felt that till date but I am pretty sure if I want to do down the line, I will make sure to learn it. I don’t think just because you are an actor you can become a director. Directing is a 360 degree kind of a job whereas acting is just related to a scene which I am going to do on that day so as of now, I don’t think I can direct a film and if I do, then I will make a terrible film.”
In ‘Manmarziyaan’, Abhishek features in a smoking scene which is among the three deleted scenes from the film. Director Anurag Kashyap has been vocal about expressing anger over deletion of scenes from ‘Manmarziyaan’, which apparently happened without his knowledge. The film’s lead actress Taapsee Pannu also slammed the decision.
Responding to the controversy, Abhishek said, “Each individual is allowed to react the way they are and they want to. It’s their personal opinion. For me, it’s not a big deal. My film isn’t about anyone smoking. I have no problem cutting that out if someone has taken objection to it.”
“The intention of the makers is not to hurt anyone or to upset any community or ruffle any feathers. We just wanted to make a nice love story and that’s what the film is about. If by cutting out one or two shots, it’s going to placate someone and make them feel better, I’ve no problem doing that. If me cutting out three shots which is not impacting my narrative makes you happy, by all means. My intention is not to hurt you or court a controversy. I’m very clear of these things. If they are removed, I’m fine.”
Abhishek Bachchan will next be seen ‘Gulab Jamun’ with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The two will share screen space after a gap of 8 years as they were last seen in Mani Ratnam’s ‘Raavan’ in 2010. ‘Gulab Jamun’ is being produced by Anurag Kashyap.