MUMBAI: Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan will be on this weekâ€™s TALK ASIA on CNN.
Bachchan gives his first in-depth interview to an international news channel since his highâ€“profile wedding to actress Aishwarya Rai, walking host Anjali Rao around the live set of his latest film.
The tour offers a rare glimpse into the working atmosphere of a Bollywood blockbuster, which sees Bachchan star alongside his father and wife â€“ an experience he describes as a â€œcontinued honeymoon.â€ Pressed on whether on-set tensions arise, Bachchan says he avoids arguments as he â€œprefers to sleep on the bed than the couch.â€
Despite being born into Bollywood royalty, he recalls the experience of first appearing in more than a dozen flops, enduring heavy criticism â€“ before finally celebrating his first box office smash with the film Dhoom. He maintains a close relationship with fans, stressing how disappointed he would be if some of the actors he admired turned out to be â€œobnoxious human beings.â€
On making it to Hollywood, Bachchan states that Indian actors are often not that interested in the roles offered to them – that he has no desire to play a “hot dog vendor” – and that Bollywood provides enough of a challenging environment for an actor.
Having starred in more than 30 movies, Bachchan says his favourite role remains simply being his fatherâ€™s son, describing the pride he feels in his father â€“ and how Amitabh in turn enjoys showing off his son to the public, in his own personal â€œLion King moment.â€
The episode will be aired on CNN on 17 November at 6 am abd 9.30 pm with a repeat on 18 November at 7 am and 7.30 pm.