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Abhishek Bachchan discusses Bob Biswas: If you look the part, half your job is done

Abhishek Bachchan in his Bob Biswas get-up during the shoot. Pics/Twitter

When Bob Biswas — a spin-off film based on a character from Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani (2012) — was announced in November 2019, many had wondered if Abhishek Bachchan would be able to pull off the part of a cold-blooded contract killer. A year later, the doubts have been quelled. As the actor resumed work on the project in Kolkata last week, pictures from the shoot went viral. Almost unrecognisable in a portly frame, with a bald patch and thick-rimmed glasses, Bachchan was praised by Twitterati for his physical transformation.

“The media knew we were shooting in Kolkata. So, the photographers showed up at the venue [and clicked the pictures]. I would have loved for the look to come out the way Diya [Annapurna Ghosh, director] intended — during our marketing campaign,” says Abhishek Bachchan, adding that he is humbled by the praise coming his way. “The [netizens’] reaction was an endorsement that we are doing something right. I believe that if you look the character, half your job is done. In Kahaani, Bob Biswas [portrayed by Saswata Chatterjee] is portly, so I had to pile on the kilos. Maintaining the frame during the lockdown was difficult.”

Bachchan in his Bob Biswas get-up during the shoot. Pics/Twitter

The crime thriller, also featuring Chitrangda Singh, was one of the many projects affected due to the lockdown. Bachchan agrees that slipping into the character after a long break was initially difficult. “When you are shooting a film, there’s a creative momentum that builds up. So, getting back in the groove can be challenging. But, after the first day, it didn’t feel that we had a nine-month break.”

Abhishek Bachchan
Abhishek Bachchan

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Filming in Kolkata is always a joyous experience for the actor, who considers it his second home. “This city has showered my family and me with love and respect. My father is called ‘jamai babu’ [son-in-law] here, and I am referred to as ‘aamar naati’ [our grandson]. It has been a lucky city for me. Every time I have shot here, the film has gone on to fare well — be it Yuva or the recent Ludo.”

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