"I was very underprepared as an actor."
Abhishek Bachchan explained that he had one “regret” about his Bollywood debut Refugee.
Released in 2000, Refugee is a romantic drama that also marked Kareena Kapoor’s Bollywood debut.
The film was written and directed by JP Dutta. It also starred Jackie Shroff, Suniel Shetty and Anup
While Abhishek does not have any regrets about the film itself, he admitted that he “wasn’t prepared to work for the great JP Dutta” at the time.
He added that he “should have been better for JP Dutta”.
When speaking about the mistakes he had made in his career, Abhishek said:
“One of the very few regrets that I have is that when I made my debut with Refugee, I felt I wasn’t prepared to work for the great JP Dutta.
“You get to work with such an honoured director on your first film, you need to be prepared for that challenge and that honour.
“I felt I was very underprepared as an actor.
“I should have been a lot more prepared for JP saahab. JP saahab is family for me, I love him. I should have been better for him.”
While he admitted it was a regret, Abhishek said it provided him with a learning opportunity.
The actor continued: “But that’s also something which has been a great learning.
“Had I not, I would have not learnt the things that I learnt in the 20 years after that.
“If I had been so prepared at that time, I don’t think I would have ever learnt anything as an actor.
“It’s not how you start, but how you end. But your start determines a large part of how you are going to end.”
“Because my start was shaky in that aspect for my preparation perspective, it kind of kicked me to pull up my socks, you gonna do better, you need to do better, you need to do better.”
Since Refugee, Abhishek Bachchan has worked in over 60 films including Dhoom, Yuva and Guru among many others.
He will next be seen in Bob Biswas, which sees Abhishek play the titular role.
Abhishek previously revealed that he put on weight for the role of the assassin instead of using prosthetics.
He had said: “I did try it on, I like to give everybody a fair opportunity. I wasn’t happy with it because of the lack of movement.
“When you put a prosthetic stomach, it is very inanimate. And you look fake somewhere.
“When you do prosthetics on the cheeks, it looks like a prosthetic. The stomach also moves in a different way.
“When you have that weight and you are physically carrying that weight, your entire performance changes because your body language changes your weight, your movement, your walk, your run, everything changes.”
Bob Biswas is set to release on December 3, 2021, on ZEE5.