Abhishek Bachchan is currently facing the biggest challenge of his career. He plays stockmarket influencer Harshad Mehta who rocked the Indian economy in the 1990s and was transformed from small town Gujarati stockbroker to an iconic financial wizard.
Abhishek Bachchan is fully into the role. His rigorous research has taken him back to what was known in those days as Harshad Mehta’s golden era.
Says a source close to Abhishek, “He has never worked so hard on any of his roles before except maybe when he played Dhirubhai Ambani in Mani Ratnam’s Guru. Coincidentally in both the biopics that Abhishek has done so far he has played celebrated Guajarti game changers, Dhuribhai and now Harshad Mehta.”
As part of his preparation for the Harshad Mehta role, Abhishek Bachchan has been practising the Gujarati accent. The role also requires him to pile on the kilos, since Harshad Mehta was the podgy type.
The Big Bull is not the first Hindi film to recreate Harshad Mehta’s tumultuous rise to iconic heights. In Baazaar in 2018, Saif played a Gujarati stockbroker .The role was inspired by Harshad Mehta.
Currently, Abhishek is shooting for Bob Biswas,directed by Sujoy Ghosh’s daughter Diya, in Kolkata.
Abhishek Bachchan loves Kolkata. And Kolkata loves him back. Back in the City after a long hiatus , Abhishek has been accorded a princely welcome.
Shooting for a new film Bob Biswas on the streets and outdoor locations, Abhishek Bachchan is constantly mobbed by huge crowds wherever he goes.
Says Abhishek. “It is very heartening to return to Kolkata. The last time I shot in this city was for Mani Ratnam’s Yuva in 2003.I’ve also shot for Rituparno Ghosh’s Antar Mahal in Kolkata. Then I did another Bengali film Partha Sengupta’s Desh where I played my own mom’s son. Each time I’ve been given a royal welcome here. It feels like coming home. Bengalis call me their Naati(grandson).”
Abhishek Bachchan’s mother Jaya Bachchan is Bengali and Jaya’s father Taroon Coomar Bhaduri was an eminent journalist in Kolkata.