When Abhishek decided to become an actor, he had everything. A legendary surname, right contacts, and the limelight. But when his initial films turned out to be failures, everything backfired. People thought he would the next Big B, instead, he became a struggling actor with 14 flops. His acting was criticized because he was not as good as Amitabh Bachchan. What people forgot was that he was just trying to be Abhishek, not Big B.
Even after 20 years in Bollywood, sadly, comparisons haven’t stopped yet.
Many a time, Abhishek has given a fitting reply to his haters with his powerful performances like in ‘Yuva’, ‘Guru’ and his recent release, ‘Manmarziyaan’.
No doubt, he was born with a silver spoon but one must understand it is not easy to be in his shoes.
Abhishek Bachchan shared his early struggling days at the India Today Conclave, which gives us a fresh perceptive about what it is like to be him.
For Abhishek, dealing with criticism was not a hard task because he was aware this would happen. He says,
“Criticism doesn’t make a difference to me, very honestly. I decided very early on in my career that I cannot allow these things to weigh me down. If you allow that pressure to bog you down, you will end up thinking only about that. I have my own path to walk and I am blessed to have a family that is so supportive and loving,”
When a child is criticized, it is often the parents who feel the true pain. Well, same was the case with Abhishek. He felt bad what his parents went through when he was being defamed constantly. He tells,
“At the start of my career, I was very confused when people were dedicating so much time and energy talking about the privilege that was afforded to me because of the home I was born. First and foremost, I did not choose the family I was born. It used to affect me because I used to feel bad for my parents. But as a parent, I think it must be terrible for them to go through all this. I can take care of myself, I am 42. But I’m still their child. I’m the youngest in the family”
Thus, when Abhishek Bachchan received his first award, his mother couldn’t hold back her tears. Because she knew how much Abhishek had dealt with to reach there. He recalls,
“The first time I ever won an award for a film I did, my mother started crying. She was very emotional, and I understood where it was coming from. As a mother, she was happy that they have gone at my son for so long and this is his reply.”
Well, it is easy to judge a star but difficult to be one.