Being the son of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan isn't easy for actor Abhishek, who says its unimaginable for him to achieve the heights of stardom that his father has scaled and prefers to chart his own course.
Having starred in over 180 films in a career spanning more than four decades, megastar Amitabh Bachchan continues to hold sway over millions of his fans on the big and small screen. Even at this ripe age, the 71-year-old is one of the busiest actors in Bollywood thanks to his knack of adapting and reinventing himself to the demands of showbiz.
"One must stay in their limits only. I think one must aim for Mars... forget about reaching the Sun. It is not going to happen. It is the same with him. He is the biggest, was, is and is ever going to be. So don't aspire to be that because it is not going to happen. Aspire to be your own man and achieve your own goals," Abhishek said in an interview in Mumbai.
Abhishek may not be bracketed in the category of superstars in Bollywood but his performance in films like 'Yuva', 'Bunty Aur Babli', 'Guru' and others were highly appreciated.
He believes in doing good work and insists that megastars even like his father cannot guarantee a hit if the story is not good enough.
"If the film is not good and even if you have Mr Amitabh Bachchan in it then also it will not work. I would love to say that (all films that dad does will be hits).. it makes a great copy. But the fact is, if the film is not good, the story is not good then nobody can save your film. So it is important to choose films properly," he added.
Recently, the latest season of Big B's popular game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' got over and he will be making his debut for a fiction show on TV. On film front he has R Balki's next film besides lot of other offers.
The veteran is doing a great job and the 37-year-old too hopes to continue working like his father at this age.
"I hope and pray that I am doing the same thing as he is. I can't see my life without getting the opportunity to work and do films. I hope I am blessed enough that even at his age I get to be making films every day," he added.
Abhishek and Big B have worked together in quite a few films and they would love to team up again provided they get an interesting offer. The last film that the father-on duo did together was 'Paa'.
"After 'Paa' we haven't got any film that has excited both of us. We have done memorable films like 'Bunty Aur Babli', 'Sarkar', 'Sarkar Raaj', 'Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna' and 'Paa'. So you need to do something that is going to be bigger and better than our previous films. We won't do any film together just like that," he added.
All the films that they have done together have been hits, and Abhishek calls his father, his lucky co-star.
Besides Amitabh, there are actors like Aamir, Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan who are superstars and have attained immense success. And Abhishek loves their enthusiasm and honesty towards their work.
"There is one common thing in superstars — enthusiasm and humility towards their work. Off sets they are big stars for others and they carry themselves the way they want to. When they are working they are not stars. On sets they are like making the best film and giving their best," he said.
"When you work with senior actors you maintain that respect but when you see them working like a normal actor, you look up to them. They are concerned about getting the film right and that is very refreshing. It is very heartening to see all this," he added.