Saturday, August 15, 2015

Comedy: Sense and Ability


Dostana, Bol Bachhan, and Happy New Year. Do you find something common between these bollywood movies? Yes, Abhishek Bachchan. Let’s try again, and find another common feature. Yes, they all are hit films. Okay one more time. Yes, they are comedy films.

After watching these films, I wondered why Abhishek Bachchan, still struggling to shape a successful career, doesn’t switch to comedy films. The only thing he could do nicely, I think.
And it’s not unusual. Many actors have chosen this genre and became successful.

Utpal Dutt: His sense of comedy was tingling but do you know he played villain earlier.
Govinda:  Unanimously, one of the most popular comedians of Indian cinema But, comedy was not his first catch. It feels odd watching him fighting and delivering hefty dialogues with flaring nose. But that’s not him. It seems that he is born to make people laugh.

Arshad Varsi: One fine day, I accidently watch a movie called “Mujhe Meri Biwi Se Bachao”. This film went unnoticed but Arshad Warsi’s performance made me think “Why doesn’t he try comedy?”

Paresh Rawal: He had won National awards for his performance in movies Sir and Wo Chhokri. Few not-so-memorable negative characters, and then switched to comic roles. Who can forget babu bhai in Hera Pheri?

Ritesh Deshmukh: I remember that I was furious when I heard Ritesh Deshmukh winning the award of best comedian for movie Masti. But don’t you think he is really funny?  

Jaya Bhaduri Bachchan, might have called ‘Happy New Year’ a nonsensical film (And, of course it is) but this film added a much needed feather in Abhishek Bachchan’s career. He did succeed while doing some interesting character like Lalan in Yuva. This character also had certain amount of humour and quirk.

I was hoping that Abhishek Bachchan will be seen in Dostana part 2, but he doesn’t seem to reprise his role in this movie while John Abraham is still there.

Abhishek Bachchan is the least successful actor in his family. Now it’s high time he should try and take his career a little higher. In my opinion, he can do this with comedy films. It’s his forte. Do you remember his cameo in a successful film like Salaam Namaste? He even won awards for best comedian for films Dostana and Bol Bachchan. And, most importantly, what he has to lose, anyway? It’s all about sense and ability!

And, just wondering why Abhishek Bachchan is looking like an guest artist in his upcoming movie "All Is Well? As if not enjoying his work.


  1. I feel Tarang it is the social pressure to prove himself that makes him choose movies which are so to speak not his forte.

    Like I had said once it is us as a society to be blamed for this. We expect Arjun Tendulkar to be another Sachin in the making just like we expect Abhishek to be another Amitabh. But I feel that is wrong. It is not necessary that every son has to follow his father's footsteps and also excel in it like him. That according to me is unfair.

    Coming back to HNY yes it was nonsensical but then since when have sensible movies garnered crores at the back office? ;)

  2. Nice observations... I like Abhishek... I have loved many of his films... Off late, I have also thought that he doesnt enjoy hos work... May be he is not meant for acting... maybe he doesnt like it... Or may be the comparisons and expectations have made him wat he is today... or as you said, he is meant for comedy (its really not easy).

  3. True picture of Abhishek has been drawn here.May be that he may not be mastering the art of sycophancy or self-marketing in an era of those things. He should master things like that in a world of make-belief.

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  6. Are you showing him his place or suggesting? :-) well written.

  7. You make a good point. He does do comedy well. I like him. But mainstream seems difficult, especially with the new lot here. I hope he finds his groove soon.

  8. I like him too, and that's why I want him to do good films. Thanks for visiting, Shanaya!