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First Published: Sat, Jan 02 2010. 12 30 AM IST

Easy does it: Abhishek Bachchan.
Easy does it: Abhishek Bachchan.
Updated: Tue, Feb 02 2010. 03 05 PM IST
It’s crystal ball gazing time with Abhishek Bachchan as he plays Bingo with a live studio audience and the television viewer in this new weekend game show which begins end-January on Colors. Bachchan has all the ingredients of a good host—he can think on his feet, have fun with an audience (remember his impromptu performance at IIFA in Macau?) and is the sort of relaxed personality with whom you would associate an aaram class (the channel came up with the concept of aaram because it’s a game show that doesn’t require you to think; just sit back and play). In this show, everyone in the audience picks a lucky number, then Bachchan whips a number out of a rotating crystal ball. The person who picked the right number gets to sit in the hot seat. Yet everyone gets a chance to play on this interactive show produced by Fox International. Tickets will be inserted in your daily newspaper, available on the Internet and possibly even at big retail outlets in your neighbourhood. Prizes will include television sets, refrigerators and other assorted goodies (maybe a car). And if you’re still not interested in the game, well there’s lots of entertainment, live acts, celebrity guests (mainly Bachchan’s friends and family). We emailed the host of the show. Edited excerpts:
It’s crystal ball gazing time with Abhishek Bachchan as he plays bingo with a live studio audience and the television viewer in this new weekend game show, which begins end-January on Colors. Bachchan has the ingredients of a good host—he can think on his feet, have fun with an audience (remember his impromptu performance at International Indian Film Academy Awards in Macau?) and is the sort of relaxed personality with whom you would associate an aaram class (the channel came up with the concept of aaram because it’s a game show that doesn’t require you to think, just sit back and play).
So, everyone in the audience picks a number, then Bachchan picks a number from a rotating crystal ball. The person whose number tallies gets to sit in the hot seat.
Yet everyone gets a chance to play on this interactive show produced by Fox International. Tickets will be inserted in your daily newspaper, available on the Internet and possibly even at big retail outlets in your neighbourhood. Prizes will include television sets, refrigerators and other assorted goodies.
And if you’re still not interested in the game, well, there will be live acts and celebrity guests (mainly Bachchan’s friends and family). We emailed the host of the show. Edited excerpts:
What are your three favourite ‘aaram’ activities?
Currently, I haven’t had any time for any aaram.
You want us to be ‘aaramis’ but you’re currently working on a beach in Goa! When was the last time you took a holiday and to where?
Easy does it: Abhishek Bachchan.
I went to the Maldives for my anniversary earlier this year.
What’s your holiday personality?
Impatient, hyper and eager to get back to work.
You’re easily the most natural Indian celebrity on Twitter. Tell us something about your online life.
Well, thank you. My online life? I’m having a tough enough time leading my real life, can’t even start to think about the online one.
What do you enjoy most about being married?
Each and everything about it.
What’s your motto in life?
There are way too many.
Who’s the coolest ‘aarami’ you know and why?
The marketing guy that came up with the idea of the aaram classes. Because it’s a great thought!
What are your television viewing habits?
Viewing habits? Hmm, I have no clue whatsoever. I think sitting in front of the telly and using the remote to turn on the TV is a good start.
Tell us more about AB Corp.’s forthcoming production with the entire Bachchan family.
AB Corp. as of now is concentrating purely on Paa. It’s still in theatres, so we are all very busy with that. As of now there are no plans for the next film. We haven’t even started looking for a script, let alone the casting.
In Ashutosh Gowariker’s next film you play a Bengali revolutionary. How did you prepare for this role? Tell us more about the character.
I’m playing the character of Surjya Sen in Ashutosh’s new film. He was a very prominent freedom fighter. Ashutosh is renowned for his research and we did a lot of it for Khele Hum Jejaan Se.
How do you choose films?
The process is the same as it’s always been. If the script inspires you, do it.
Do you consciously stay away from films that don’t have big budgets and known directors?
Why would you say that? I’ve had the honour of working with the biggest directors and continue to do so.
You and Aishwarya are doing many ads together now. What does the Abhi-Ash brand represent?
Actually we’re not. The only one we’re doing together is Lux as of now.
The latest ad about “the good news” draws from your personal life. Does that bother you?
Not at all. If it did then we wouldn’t have done it.
Did you really lose 15kg for ‘Raavan’? How?
Yes I did. It was with a lot of hours spent in the gym.
Tell us something about ‘Raavan’.
Raavan is the most challenging film I’ve ever made. I really feel we’ve managed to outdo Guru as a team.
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First Published: Sat, Jan 02 2010. 12 30 AM IST
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