Abhishek Bachchan has no time to perform at Star Screen Awards

Abhishek Bachchan recently received the Yash Bharati Award and is busy shooting for his forthcoming films. Abhishek was recently seen in Dhoom 2, but although the film received good reviews, Abhi was severely criticized for his appearance as well as his performance. Also his last film Umrao Jaan with supposed girlfriend Ash did not set the cash registers ringing at the box-office. Now at the beginning of next year, once again Ash-Abhi will be seen in Mani Ratnam’s Guru. Abhi is placing all his hopes on this film as he is said to have a very strong character and role in the film. Abhishek was also seen performing at the GIFA awards held in Malaysia. Recently the organizers of Star Screen Awards approached the actor to perform for their awards function, but unfortunately the actor had to refuse due to busy shooting schedules.
Last year Abhishek Bachchan received the award for Best Comic Actor at the Star Screen Awards for his role in the film Bunty Aur Babli. The awards will now be held on the 6th January 2007 but Abhishek who was approached to perform for the show will be busy shooting for Goldie Behl’s film. However some sources claim that when the actor was approached to perform for the awards ceremony he quoted an exorbitant amount as remuneration, hence the organizers decided to approach some one else to perform. But Sandeep Khosla, who will be directing the show, says “Fifteen days back we contacted Abhishek for the finale act. But he did not have dates for rehearsals. He was shooting for Goldie Behl’s film and said he would not be able to give time for drills. But our talks did not reach the stage where we needed to discuss money, but yes we do definitely have a different budget allocation for different acts.”

Now Star has approached some other big stars to perform for their awards ceremony. Abhishek’s popularity has been continuously on the rise even though the actor has not had many hits to his credit. Nonetheless the actor has received several popular viewers’ choice awards like the “most sexy actor’ and ‘gay icon’ tags. So could Abhishek actually be putting up his price in tandem with his growing popularity? However Bunty Walia who handles Abhi’s work claims that the remuneration was not the problem, but Abhi was informed too late and did not have the time to accommodate rehearsals.