Abhishek wasn’t re-shooting for ‘Sarkar Raj’: Varma

March 21st, 2008 - 9:07 am ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Jodhaa Akbar
By Subhash K Jha
Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) Abhishek Bachchan took a day off from his hectic schedule to do some additional shooting for Ram Gopal Varma’s “Sarkar Raj” before he flew off to Miami to join the crew for “Dostana”. And the director clarifies that the actor wasn’t re-shooting.

“It was a few vital close-ups of Abhishek that I wanted to add to the film, so before anyone jumps to the conclusion that I re-shot my film, let me quickly clear the air,” Varma told IANS.

“I think Abhishek excels in silent close-ups. Not too many actors of his generation know how to hold silences on camera. I made him do that in ‘Naach’. And I just thought a few tight close-ups would add to the drama in ‘Sarkar Raj’,” he added.

According to Varma, Abhishek has given yet another riveting performance in “Sarkar Raj” after “Guru”. The new film also stars Abhishek along with his wife Aishwarya Rai.

“I wouldn’t even compare the two performances on any level except that the intensity that Abhishek brings to both himself and Aishwarya in ‘Sarkar Raj’ will be very different from ‘Guru’. And if you ask me, he has gone far beyond what he did in ‘Sarkar’.”

“Abhishek is looking really thin these days. For those who are writing that he’s frantically gyming to lose weight here’s some disappointing news. I don’t think Abhishek can lose any more weight.”

On Tuesday night Abhishek left for Miami to do what he calls a fun film on the beach. Before that he tried to spend as much time as possible with Aishwarya who is trying to juggle domestic duties with script readings.

“After the success of ‘Jodhaa Akbar’, the offers are phenomenal. The Bachchans, especially Jaya, who gave up her career at her prime, are delighted. They thought her marital status would inhibit her career. But the offers are pouring in,” said a source.

“Besides Shankar’s ‘Robot’, Aishwarya has already said yes to Sridhar Raghavan’s film with John Abraham and Ben Kingsley’s ‘Taj Mahal’ project which also has Bipasha Basu,” added the source.

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