Kolkata has just found a new Bahu . When earlier this week he landed in Kolkata for the shooting of Mani Ratnamâ€™s film (tentatively titled Raavan) Abhishek Bachchan got the welcome of a prodigal son . Abhishekâ€™s father is regarded as Bengalâ€™s Jamai Babu , as Jaya Bachchan happens to be Bengali.
â€œNot true,â€ says Abhishek. â€œEven today if we both come to Kolkata together the crowds will be rooting for him. This time I got a super-enthusiastic welcome because this was my first visit to Kolkata with Aishwarya.â€
But Aishwarya Rai Bachchan isnâ€™t even remotely Bengali !
Explains Abhishek, â€œI think it has to do with the very powerful work she has done with Rituparno Ghosh in Chokher Bali and Raincoat. Bengal has adopted her as a daughter-in-law. I too have done some very important films in Kolkata Rituâ€™s Aantar Mahal and Mani Ratnamâ€™s Yuva. And I must say I got a rousing welcome in Kolkata every time. But nothing compared with the way I was received this time.â€
Aishwarya had been shooting gruelling scenes in Kolkata for Maniâ€™s film on the Ganges.
Abhishek describes Kolkata as a big morale booster. â€œEvery time I feel demoralized I should make a trip to Kolkata. They just smother you in their love.â€
Everywhere that Abhishek and his wife go in Kolkata the crowds are sure to follow. â€œ Maniâ€™s film and then Abhinay Deoâ€™s where Aishwarya and I come together again are sure to warmly received in Bengal.â€ Exults Abhishek.
Abhishek who has done two Bengali films and a cameo as his motherâ€™s son in Raja Senâ€™s Desh is open to another Bengali film. â€œWhy not? Iâ€™m half-Bengali and very proud of it.â€
Apparently the Bengalis loved Abhishek in Dostana. â€œIâ€™m surprised by the popularity and reach of that film. We didnâ€™t even think it would make it to the awards nominations let alone collect awards. The Filmfare award nomination that I got for Dostana completely took me by surprise. Normally only dramatic performances get nominated . But the truth is , comedy is very very hard to do. And Iâ€™m glad Filmfare realized that.â€
Abhishek had to skip the after-party thrown by Karan Johar because Aishwarya had a very early-morning flight to catch to Kolkata
By Subhash K Jha