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Abhishek Bachchan is suddenly reaching out. The actor seems to have put his earlier string of flops and is now experimenting like never before. His roster boasts of the industry's best directors.

A few days before the much anticipated release of Naach, Abhishek spoke to Raja Sen about the film, great directors, and the terror of working with Dad, among other things. Here are some snippets:

Tell us about Naach.

Oh, let me think of something new to say. Naach is, according to me, an intense love story. Contrary to what people believe, it's not about dance. It's about two people (smiles), and that's pretty much it.

The backdrop of the film is the Hindi film industry, and it deals with two characters: Reva, which is Antara's character, a choreographer, and Abhi, my character, a struggling actor. It's about them and their principles, their outlook on life. They fall in love, and it's about how those principles come in the way.

They have to choose between what they believe in and the person they love. And (it's about) the struggle to resolve those issues. It all sounds a bit cerebral, but it's not. It's a lot of fun. It's a sweet film.

'Intense' is a word used to death in this context. Why do you think it applies to this film?

I think it's intense because it is. I mean, not to sound derogatory, but it's not frivolous. Naach is about two people you'll find walking down the street. It's very real. They're two young adults, independent, trying to make it big. Not a bubbly romantic film.

To give you an example, instead of going to, say, a huge posh restaurant and having a romantic meal, they can't afford it so they go to Bandstand or Carter Road and eat moongphalis. It's that kind of realism. I think it's that kind of realism Ramu (director Ram Gopal Varma) specialises in. He brought realism to the underworld in Satya, and I think that's what he's done to the romantic genre now.

Life, in itself, is very intense. This film, by no means, is escapist: since it is portraying day-to-day life, it tends to be intense; the relationship, their feelings for each other are very intense; Their principles and values and beliefs are also very intense. Hence I consider it a very intense film.

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Text: Raja Sen | Design: Uday Kuckian

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