Growing up in the shadow of actors par excellence, Amitabh Bachchan and Jaya Bachchan, could not have been easy for Abhishek Bachchan. Though he has carved a niche for himself in the film industry, the comparisons with his parents refuse to go away.
On Karan Johar’s chat show, Abhishek revealed that it was “very difficult” for him when Amitabh reviewed his performances. “It’s very difficult. I have never said this, but it is. Because apart from being a co-star, a son, I’m also his biggest fan. And I genuinely say that. From the bottom of my heart, I believe that he is the greatest actor on earth,” he said.
Abhishek said that while he craves to hear praise from his father, he does not know how to handle it. “You want that validation. You want to hear ‘well done’. The problem is, when he does say it on the rare occasion that I have managed to impress him, I don’t know how to handle it,” he said.
“It is difficult. Today, being a father myself, I start understanding why maybe earlier in my career, he has discussed certain things with me. Or he has critiqued my work in a particular way. You tend to forget that he’s not just an actor, he is also a father,” the 42-year-old actor added.
Amitabh has always been “brutally honest” with him, Abhishek revealed. “My father has always treated me like a friend. His favourite line is, ‘I’m going to give it to you in the solar plexus.’ He has always been brutally honest with me,” Abhishek said, adding that there have been many times that Amitabh has not liked his work.