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Abhishek Bachchan On Bob Biswas & Playing Grey Roles

Abhishek Bachchan is on a roll in terms of reinventing himself as an actor,  From playing the ‘voice of reason’ in Manmarziyaan to playing a split personality patient in Breathe: Into The Shadows. Now, Bachchan has changed career dynamics by portraying a contract killer in Bob Biswas. It’s a role that we have not seen him depict before.

Biswas, the infamous character from Sujoy Ghosh’s Kahaani sent chills down our spines. However, the role is not just about blood, gore and violence. In fact, it presents a humanised side to the assassin, showcasing how villains are not always born evil. In an interview with us, Abhishek speaks about his process of essaying such a character.

“We all knew what Bob did and how he did it. But one characteristic of his I wanted to hold on to was that he is essentially and at heart a very nice guy (smiles). He’s a very sweet chap and a loving family man. I wanted to bring that layer onto it. At the right moment and as a performer, it adds the chill needed for the role. If Bob is sitting next to you on the train, you wouldn’t recognise him or guess that he does what he does,” says the actor.

Earlier this year, Bachchan starred in The Big Bull where he plays a stockbroker who engages in financial crime. Having played a few grey characters, how conscious is he as an actor to not glorify such roles?

“I’ve been very lucky because both of them are well-written… In terms of writing, I don’t think the writers should be pressurised with the morality of a character. I think the actors and producers when they step into a project have to worry about that because you’re then making something for an audience. We all want to cater to a particular audience and that’s when the morality comes into it.”

Watch our interview with Abhishek Bachchan here:


Bob Biswas is now streaming on ZEE5.

Anuj Radia
Journalist and film enthusiast.

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