''I wish I could be carefree as Bunty'' - Abhishek Bachchan
Were the disguises the fun part of Bunty Aur Babli?
No, they were terrifying. These were different characters that I had to work out and some of the beards were very uncomfortable. I had the best fun with the broker from Agra.
I got the idea of the disguises from the readings because Shaad was very clear what he wanted and it was written really well. It was all on paper; (designer) Aki Narula made it visual
You seem a lot like Bunty…
No such luck. I wish I could be as carefree as Bunty.
Any pranks you pulled, just for kicks? After all, your friends are Ajay Devgan, Suniel Shetty, Sanjay Dutt.
With friends like that, do you think I had a chance? No, even college for me was a time for studies.
What was it like recreating your dad’s Yeh Dosti number?
Bunty Aur Babli is Shaad’s (Ali Sehgal) ode to the seventies and there was this whole undercurrent of dad working in the same film. It was just great for me to be a part of a song that every Indian had seen.
Is Bunty Aur Babli a desi Bonnie And Clyde or Smalltown Crooks?
No, only because it’s a film with two people on the run. Bunty and Babli are two smalltown kids who get claustrophobic and run away to pursue their dreams.
They meet en route, become a team and take on the system in a fun way. They’re innocent because it’s not the money for them, they’re just living their dreams. But they pop up on this cop Dashrath Singh’s (Amitabh Bachchan) radar.
Rani and you have become quite a team...
It’s great fun working with her; we improvise a lot on the sets. Shaad never says cut and the fact that she’s a friend helps. She understands me as an actor and it comes through. Apart from that, we’re just two actors that are part of a film.
Audiences see you as this new Jodi No 1.
(Shrugs) I have no complaints