Uday and I are inseparable from Dhoom: Abhishek

Actors Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra have been part of the Dhoom franchise’s journey from the time it took off in 2004. And Abhishek believes that other characters of the film may come and go unlike his and Uday’s.

‘Pardon the immodesty, but Uday Chopra and I are Dhoom. The franchise chronicles the ongoing adventures of Jai and Ali, that’s me and Uday. That’s the format of the franchise. The other characters may come and go. But we go on forever. Like Batman and Robin. Can there be a Batman franchise without Batman?’ asked Abhishek.

Having said that, Abhishek looks back with much affection at the journey.

‘From Dhoom to Dhoom 2 and now to Dhoom 3, it has been an amazing journey. To begin with, it was the story of the adventures of these three boys, me, Uday and John Abraham,’ he said.

‘Our producer Aditya Chopra suggested we try to re-define the action genre in our cinema. We were all young, hopeful and enthusiastic, eager to try out this experiment. How were we to know it would turn out the way it did?’ he added.

Now, the junior Bachchan feels the Dhoom franchise is watched for being what it is.

‘Yes, there are stars in the film. Dhoom 2 had Hrithik (Roshan) and Aishwarya (Rai). And now Dhoom 3 has Aamir (Khan) and Katrina (Kaif). But I think the brand
is a much larger than starcast.’

Abhishek feels the presence of a new director in the franchise brings all-new challenges to the table. The first two installments were directed by Sanjay Gadhvi.

‘The other two Dhoom films were not directed by Victor (Vijay Krishna Acharya). So, there is a new feel and flavour to the franchise that Uday and I could identify and feel since we are carryovers from the earlier life of the franchise,’ he said.

‘Victor had a different vision. Fans of the Dhoom series would be surprised by the changes in the franchise. Earlier the focus was on making a fun film. This is an edgier and darker Dhoom than the first two,’ he added.

The 37-year-old has no leading lady in Dhoom 3. But he does have Aamir. Abhishek can’t stop raving about his formidable co-star.
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