Exactly 20 years ago, on 30 June, Abhishek Bachchan broke with Refugee on the silver screen. Twenty years later Breathe Into The Shadows, an Amazon Prime Original, cracks the OTT door. It's a nice coincidence that his digital debut trailer dropped exactly after he finished the July 1 2-decade mark.
Okay, for Junior Bachchan a lot has changed in the last two decades. He's not saying yes to any role he 's offered like he used to when he was younger. But then, not much has changed either. "The jitters, the butterflies and the sleepless nights," he tells us, have started in excitement already.
And while awaiting Breathe Season 2 with bated breath, he finds himself somewhat bang in the middle of theater owners vs OTT debate, and of course a pandemic.
Twenty years ago, your Bollywood debut was, and now, twenty years later, you enter OTT. How has your selection process changed in the course of these 2 decades as an actor?
Everything has improved as ought to be. I think you need to continue to grow as a creative person, and if you do that your thought process shifts. You can say yes to a lot of stuff early on, which later seem frivolous to you. As Mayank Sharma narrated Breathe to me, I wanted to immediately be a part of it. I feel like this is the best thing to be a part of. Still, over the decades, its distinctive essence has not changed. How you catch has to do with your mood at the moment, it may be that you're in a certain period of life. I said yes to anything anyone told me at the beginning of my career, because I was always hungry to work. You learn to narrow down your desires with practice and will. Now you know or don't want to be a part of what you want to be.