I want to work with Shah Rukh again: Abhishek Bachchan ...

By Subhash K. Jha, Indo-Asian News Service

imageMumbai, Oct 8 (IANS) Actor Abhishek Bachchan has dismissed rumours of tensions between him and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and says he would love to work with Khan again.

"I don't know where these rumours came from! Shah Rukh is the country's biggest star. Who am I to be insecure about Shah Rukh? I'm thankful to just be in the same film as him. After "Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna" (KANK), I told Shah Rukh and Karan (Johar) to please consider me for their next film. Because I want to work with Shah Rukh again and I've learnt so much from him! I just wanted to spend as much time as possible with him."

Abhishek can't stop praising Shah Rukh, who he says loves taking care of people.

"He's very hospitable. On the sets he was concerned about everyone. He never indulges in petty bickerings. He's the most selfless person on the sets... He's bothered only about the film, never about himself," Abhishek told IANS.

And the actor reasserts that there were no tensions between anyone on the set of "KANK" in New York.

"We really had a ball in New York. It couldn't have gotten any better. I've never seen a more organised producer than Karan Johar and I've never been happier on a film set."

Bachchan Junior agrees that a lot of his own personality has gone into his performance in "KANK".

"Since Karan has observed me closely from my childhood, he knows me as a person - my mannerisms and even my emotions. I think he absorbed a lot of these into my performance."

He considers himself lucky to be part of the film as it gave him the opportunity to work with the biggest Bollywood stars.

"I've never worked in a film so big before. You've the country's two biggest stars - Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan in the film. And I was the junior-most member of the cast, given the chance to stand in the same frame as them. I felt very lucky."

The actor says that "KANK" is one Karan Johar film that didn't overwhelm him.

"Karan's cinema always overwhelms you with the grandeur, the larger-than-life treatment. In 'KANK' I came out quiet and thinking."

Abhishek also hit out at Karan's critics and said that making a film like he does was actually very tough.

"I always thought making his kind of cinema is very tough. Now after working with him, I respect Karan's cinema even more. Even those who don't like cinema will sit up and take notice. He's taken a subject no one expects him to and has tackled it sensitively.

"Karan has beautifully juxtaposed a very commercial language with real believable characters and situations," remarked Abhishek.

Despite being the junior-most member of the crew, Abhishek felt as though the whole shoot was like a holiday due to the comfort level he shared with all his co-stars.

"I was working with my friends - Rani, Preity, Shah Rukh and Dad ... They're people I hang around with regularly. It was like a holiday and it was a bonus with Rani there as I have worked with her extensively earlier. Shah Rukh and Preity are friends ... We meet at Shah Rukh's house often. Instead of meeting after work we met at work as well," said Abhishek.