Abhishek Bachchan and Ajay Devgn say Bol Bachchan is as Bollywood as it can get
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Can two A-league stars be best friend? It would appear so: Say hello to Abhishek Bachchan and his buddy AJ, aka Ajay Devgn.
The two star in Bol Bachchan, a comedy filled with witty dialogue, loud characters and colourful dance numbers.
Devgn plays village honcho Prithviraj Raghuvanshi, a man famous for his zero tolerance to liars. Enter Delhiite Abbas Ali (Bachchan) and his sister Sania (Asin), who is forced to lie about his identity. What follows next is a series of goofs, identity swaps and funny twists. Another winning factor for this film could be Raghuvanshi's faulty English.
"For some weird reason, AJ in the film thinks that he speaks good English," says Bachchan. "So the Hindi proverb tujhe paakar meri chhaati aur bhi choudi ho gayi hai, becomes 'my chest has become blouse.' Watch out for him. He's superb in the film.
This makes it perfect for spoofs, such as the You Tube video featuring the characters from Ice Age with voice overs of Bol Bachchan dialogue.
The duo are already hinting at the possibility of a sequel.
"Why not? If the 60-plus witty lines work, then the credit for the sequel would have to go to the scriptwriters," says Bachchan.
In the company of these two boisterous boys, the speak-when-you-are-spoken-to leading ladies. Asin and Prachi Desai, left it to them to do all the talking.
Abhishek Bachchan on…
Why we should watch Bol Bachchan:
"We get asked this question a lot. But I firmly believe that if you are asking the question, then we haven't done a good job so far with the first look. If the trailers appeal to you, then you would head to the theatres to watch it. Actors can't force the audiences to go into the theatres.
"If there's only one thing good about the film, then you shouldn't have made the film in the first place. Having said that, Bol Bachchan is a complete entertainer, which you can watch with your family. I promise, you are going to laugh a lot. In these times of strife that we live in, it's always nice to unwind.
Plus, it's very warm outside, so why don't you get into an air-conditioned theatre, get some good popcorn or samosas and enjoy yourself?"
Bol Bachchan being a make-or-break film in his unsteady career:
"Every film for every actor is a make-or-break film. I believe every film has the power to break you or make you. So, an actor will treat every film like his last film. That's the way we need to work and that's the way you can drum up that passion needed to do good work. That's why you wake up at 4.30am and don't sleep.
We need to treat every film like it's the most important film of our career."
Dancing with Amitabh Bachchan:
"My father did the song just six weeks ago. It was more of an after thought and a cameo. I did not sign the film because he was in the film. But the experience was fun and you can see that we all enjoyed it immensely by just looking at the way the song has turned out."
Ajay Devgn on…
"The term is a slang for a person who spins tall tales. Though we have purchased the rights from the original 1979 Golmaal, our film is not a remake.
We have kept in mind that the times have changed and that the audience's taste has changed with the times too."
Playing a loud and colourful character:
"That's Bollywood for you. I don't like that term, but our audiences love the song, dance and colour. We are a loud race by nature and we are not very subtle. We love the pomp and the pageantry. You want to see a subtle, classy film, then you have Hollywood. By classy, I mean we can't match their budgets."