You could say Abhishek Bachchan is acting funny with wife Aishwarya – that’s because the couple are starring in their first comedy together called Ladies And Gentlemen. “I was very keen to do a comedy after a spate of more serious films and also Aishwarya and I haven’t done a comedy together, so I’m excited about this film,” said Abhishek. To be produced and directed by Rajkumar Santoshi, the film is slated for a 2012 release and is set to go on the floors in the first week of July this year. “It’s a great script, very funny and Raj-ji is directing it. We’ve been very keen to work together for a long time. I’m very happy that we will be finally working together,” Abhishek said.
In the film, Abhishek plays a guy with an insatiable roving eye and Aishwarya sportingly allows her husband to do so. When asked to give more details, the 35-year-old said: “It wouldn’t be correct to speak about the film at this juncture.”
In the last two years, he has only worked in serious movies like Paa, Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey and Dum Maaro Dum.
Abhishek and Aishwarya, who tied the knot in 2007, teamed up for the first time on screen for the 2001 movie Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke. Three years later Rohan Sippy roped them in for his directorial debut Kuch Naa Kaho and then J.P. Dutta made Umrao Jaan (2006) with the two — all these films didn’t do well. Their first big hit as a couple was Mani Ratnam’s Guru (2007), followed by Ram Gopal Varma’s Sarkar Raj.
In Sanjay Gadhvi’s hit action thriller Dhoom 2, they shared the screen, but not as a couple. Aishwarya also made a special appearance in the hit song Kajrare in the Abhishek starrer Bunty Aur Babli. They were last seen on screen in Raavan, which was declared a dud. Abhishek, whose Game bombed at the box office, is elated with the positive response to Dum Maaro Dum. “I haven’t had the time to sit down and reflect on the film. But I think youth have really connected with it. I always said Rohan has always made very cool films. The script by Shridhar and an all-round great team performance I think has worked for the film,” he added. Dum Maaro Dum also starred Bipasha Basu, Prateik Babbar and Rana Daggubati among others.
Abhishek, who is currently shooting in Russia for Abbas-Mustan’s Players, which again has Bipasha, also came clean on allegations that he was not happy with the climax of Dum Maaro Dum and wanted to get it changed. “Nothing like that. Rohan has always been kind enough to involve me in the entire creative process of his films. I had suggestions. Some he used and some he didn’t. It’s all part of the process of making a film,” he said.