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Thursday's Connector – Abhishek Bachchan

March 5th, 2010
12:04 AM ET

Abhishek Bachchan has one of the most recognizable surnames in India. He's the son of Bollywood legend – and former Connector of the Day – Amitabh Bachchan. Growing up in the limelight, Abhishek has now become an award-winning actor in his own right. He made his debut appearance in the film, Refugee and went on to star in hits such as Yuva and Dhoom. But, it was his 2007 marriage to actress and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai which moved him directly into the world media's spotlight. It was compared to the coming together of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – he was the most eligible bachelor in Bollywood, and she 'the most beautiful woman in the world'.

Here's your chance to ask Abhishek anything you like – do you want to know what the pressure's been like growing up the son of a superstar? Where he sees Bollywood heading? Or are you interested in how he found the courage to propose to the world's most beautiful woman? Post your questions below, and we'll put the best ones to him as your Connector of the Day. 

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  1. hideaki nagano

    I think gavel and gavial.

    March 5, 2010 at 12:35 am | Reply
  2. Haroon Rashid


    You have big names around you and now you yourself have also become a big name. Dont you have ordinary people around you, or do you want to be an ordinary man sometimes?

    Haroon From Pakistan.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:35 am | Reply
  3. Jay Kumar

    Hi Abhishek,

    The recent Bollywood movies have become extremely westernized with a very little "Indian" spin to them. The sexual scenes are becoming more and more common and the scandalous dresses have been getting shorter day by day. The originality of Bollywood cinema seems to be dying and becoming simply a hollywood copycat. Do you believe this to be true? Do you think that a change is needed in Bollywood to become a bit more conservative once again? Also, how do you feel about the various hindi movies that are obvious copies of Hollywood movies? Is there no original screenplay writer left in Bollywood?



    March 5, 2010 at 4:51 am | Reply
  4. barney4u

    Abhishek.. What do you think about Bollywood`s transition from typical romance stories to more sensible ones.. The only person making a difference at this point is Aamir Khan and rest of the whole industry is finding it very hard to come out from lust,love,song,comedy sort of themes.. I think its big time for Bollywood to evolve and present more maturity in dealing with film themes.. Don't you guys think to win an oscar when you make a film?... I seriously doubt you do... Wake up Bollywood.. there are 6.5 billion people and you guys only sell to 500 million hindi speakers.. I want a jackie chain and brue lee.. these guys left mark on the globe .. wouldn't you like to become like one of those.. I have very high expectations from you coz you are the first family of Bollywood.. make a difference as your dad did when he was at zenith.. its your time boy.. make it international...and show the world what u got.. Ravi Sharma, Melbourne

    March 5, 2010 at 5:17 am | Reply
  5. Selena Canday

    Hi Abhishek,

    I`m from India. hows is it waking up every morning a greeting the worlds favorite Superstar & World renowned actor. Living, eating Breathing with him. Also what is it that you have imbibed from him as you grew up apart from the Genes 🙂 I rememeber the comment you made at award function You have come with license from God to imitate Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. Please also tell me one thing that you love abt ur relationship with ur father apart from being your Buddy.

    Please reply. Love to haer form you. All the best in life. God bless u & ur entire family.... Selena

    Also hope to meet you sometime in life. 🙂

    March 5, 2010 at 5:35 am | Reply
  6. Naveen Thadakaluri

    Abhishek Bachchan..I beg to differ that his surname is one of the most recognizable ones..

    Abhishek...Have you ever been artificial and dishonest in your career and personal life? and do you think your a good actor? if yes ..Explain why?

    Naveen from Sydney , Australia

    March 5, 2010 at 5:37 am | Reply
  7. Kumar Ratu

    Hey, Abi when are you planing to have kids?

    March 5, 2010 at 5:41 am | Reply
  8. navin agarwal

    if you were not a bachchan, do you think you could ever become an actor?

    March 5, 2010 at 5:49 am | Reply
  9. Ricky singh

    Hello Abhishek, over the years you have become a wonderful actor. I would like to know if you see yourself in Hollywood in near future.

    March 5, 2010 at 5:54 am | Reply
  10. Mitesh

    Did you ever consider taking on a "normal" civilian job, because many might say fame and fortune came inherited for you. Did you ever consider becoming an accountant or engineer or anything like that?

    March 5, 2010 at 6:14 am | Reply
  11. Erin

    I am a great fan of Bollywood films – I love your films, I love your father's films and I love Aishwarya's films! It's a pleasure to have you comment on questions directly!

    I have 3 questions:

    1. Do you see a loss of innocence in the Indian film industry as the films become more and more racy and violent like Hollywood films? Do you lament this fact or is it a natural progression/convergence?

    2. By being so famous, and coming from such a famous family, do you see yourself as having a responsibility to help others to improve their standard of living, and if so, how do you act on this responsibility?

    3. We all know that India schools are high pressure/high achievement institutions. Did you do well in school and try your hardest or did you always feel that you would go into film and follow in your father's footsteps and therefore consider school of secondary importance?

    March 5, 2010 at 6:32 am | Reply
  12. khuzaima jamali

    hi abhishake,
    i just want to ask you that are you and ash are doing any movie together?
    i want you two in the same movie.

    March 5, 2010 at 6:38 am | Reply
  13. Ranu

    I think bollywood is a joke

    March 5, 2010 at 6:48 am | Reply
  14. simmi

    not a question, more like a statement....glad to see that the current bollywood craze of looking super fit and have 6 pack abs is not something u r doing. good to see u in movies looking like an ordinary person.

    March 5, 2010 at 7:16 am | Reply
  15. Sourina Bose

    Abhisekh, you have been lucky enough to have great parents & a beautiful wife. Do you feel subdued in your father & wife's presence? I mean, at any point of time, (please be honest) do you realize that people are attracted to your father & wife more than they are to you? Other than your surname, what 'quotient' you have that sells globally?

    March 5, 2010 at 7:38 am | Reply
  16. Prahlada Rao

    Dear Abhishek,

    Do you in your busy life (presume busier than most other non-celebrity folks!) get time to meditate/ pray? Do you find time to visit temples/ mandirs?

    Best wishes
    Prahlada Rao
    Shanghai- China

    March 5, 2010 at 7:43 am | Reply
  17. Zahra

    What was it like having the father-son role reversed in Paa? Also, how much research went into Progeria Syndrome in order to replicate the exact condition of the illness in the movie? And lastly, when are you, big B and Aish gonna come do another show in Toronto? We're anxiously waiting.

    March 5, 2010 at 7:52 am | Reply
  18. harbindar shingh

    what time is it now?

    March 5, 2010 at 7:56 am | Reply
  19. Sunshine Star

    What's your attitude or feeling towards poverty and the underpreviliged in India keeping in mind of all the luxeries and comfort you were brought up with? Has there ever been a sense of guilt that there is somethingyou should or could do?

    March 5, 2010 at 8:01 am | Reply
  20. Aamir Khan from Dallas

    You wouldn't be there without your father support! Am I right or wrong?

    March 5, 2010 at 8:34 am | Reply
  21. Mahrukh Najib

    Hi Abhishek , would like to know if you took acting tips from your very talented parents ? I consider you , and Aishwarya , a dream team , God Bless you , and your family .

    March 5, 2010 at 8:46 am | Reply
  22. Sabina Khan

    Dear Mr Abhishek Bachan,

    As most country India haves as well some problems.
    One of the biggest problem is children in the sex industry.
    The people who recruits this children are promised for a good live in the city’s and made in a film star.
    In stand of that there are sold like pieces of bread to the sex industry and are locked up and get unwanted pregnant and aids.
    What do you think that Bollywood film industry and you, your self as role model for some of this children should do to help them.
    And if the children do came out of these situation how would you help them to be accepted by the communities.

    Thank you for answering my question.

    Regards Sabina Khan

    March 5, 2010 at 8:54 am | Reply

    Do you see yourself in future acting along side Hollywood big names like Brat Pit and George Clooney?

    March 5, 2010 at 8:58 am | Reply
  24. Celine SK

    If you had a chance to change the world of it's ills, what would you do first and why?

    March 5, 2010 at 9:05 am | Reply
  25. Aruna

    Hello Abhishek

    I really love your movies especially those of the more recent years when you have evolved tremendously as an actor- When can we expect a common movie with you and your wife? I think a rmovie along the lines of Abhimaan with Aishwarya and you in the cast would have been perfect....


    (from Mauritius)

    March 5, 2010 at 9:08 am | Reply
  26. faith

    How do you and your wife, and along with your parents, juggle your busy work schedules and try to live a "normal" life? Or is this hectic lifestyle "normal" to you and your family?

    March 5, 2010 at 9:08 am | Reply
  27. Neha

    Hey AB,
    What's up ! I have too much to ask,but let me compliment you for your best acting so far in .... Guess what .. Yuva !!! That look was reminder of Sr.AB... I wonder why such intense actor like you end up doing movies like "Jhoom baraabar." , Drona etc.. People expect much more powerful acting from AB's son.. Having such powerful genes, i wonder what prompts ( besides money ! ) to go for such movies.. Man , you have one wonderful face/body/eyes... Use it wisely :))))..

    Besides that your voice rocks.. Needless to say you can do much more than ek main aur ek tu hai.. Besides Farhaan, only person who can do ROCK ON, is you.. Live larger than any other king.. you are king of ppl's heart n mind.. thank god(Sr. AB) everyday :))...

    March 5, 2010 at 9:30 am | Reply


    March 5, 2010 at 9:51 am | Reply
  29. Sreenath

    Abhishek, what do you think is the best thing you have done for others till now?
    Do you think that, we have forgotten the contribution of the society in developing ourselves into what we are today?
    Instead we have become more individualistic and bother about our own profits, comforts................ only!!!!

    March 5, 2010 at 9:56 am | Reply
  30. Andrew White

    How does it feel to be the husband of the most beautiful woman in the world? Proud ? Jealous? Nothing ?

    March 5, 2010 at 10:00 am | Reply
  31. Saswat

    Hey Abhishek,

    I love and acknowledge your family's strong inclination towards poetry.
    Do you appreciate it too. Do you think the youngsters of India will follow poetry in future. Will new poets of our generation emerge?

    March 5, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply
  32. Gautam Maitra from Switzerland

    Question from me: Having own the heart of the "most beautiful women on earth", can you tell me what a woman needs to be happy with a man?
    – Gautam.

    March 5, 2010 at 10:21 am | Reply
  33. Naresh Purohit

    Hi Abhishek,
    What is one thing which you want to change in your life?


    March 5, 2010 at 10:34 am | Reply
  34. Vipin Sahgal

    My daughter tells me, she was in school, BU, with you that you were sort of reserved and shy student. How did you jump over your shadow?

    March 5, 2010 at 11:05 am | Reply
  35. Mohammad Golzada

    Hello. how are things abhishek. I was wondering how is married life, has it changed you in anyway or has your outlook in life changed. take care.

    March 5, 2010 at 11:15 am | Reply
  36. Andrew

    If you were not a bollywood actor, what would you be doing and why?
    Where do you see the industry going and how will you fit in? Are there certain criteria you look for in the movies you decide to do? I think Bollywood has shifted to a more westernized view in the movies we produce as an industry many of which are exact replicas of Hollywood movies, what are your thoughts on this? Do you see any issues with copyright? Though the most successful movies seem to be the ones that stick to traditional and meaningful relationships and are true to indian cinema such as the Yash Raj films. What are your thoughts on this? On a personal note, when do you plan on starting a family and would you encourage your children to get into the industry as your father did. Do you still stay true to your sikh roots?

    March 5, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  37. Naveed

    Thanks CNN and Skype for connecting my favourite actor here. Mr Bachchan's twitter account is reaching 100k so my tweets usually get lost amongst his other fans.

    Hi Abhishek,

    I have been your biggest fan since Refugee. You have indeed come a long way as an actor. Your acting in films like Yuva, Guru, Dostana etc have been simply exceptional. Are you determined to leave a permanent mark and being remembered in Bollywood for your work than being referred to as the son of Mr Amitabh Bachchan? I would also like to congratulate you for the success of Bingo! Thank you.

    Naveed in the Netherlands.

    P.S. This is for the haters of Mr Bachchan: Get a life please!!

    March 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  38. Melissa Wright

    Hi Abhishek-

    I've been a big fan of yours ever since I saw you in Yuva. I know you receive a lot of criticism (even on this page!) concerning only having been able to get into acting because of your father, but I wanted to say, before I ask my question, that I believe that you are becoming an excellent actor in your own right, and I really enjoy your performances.

    I've just rewatched Dostana and wanted to ask if you plan on doing any more comedies? I think you have a real comedic talent and great timing–it'd be wonderful to see you do another funny role. It seems to come very naturally to you.

    All the best,
    Melissa in Washington DC

    March 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  39. Sonal Shah

    Abhishek – What are your thoughts on award functions? Don't you think with the crippling economy in India as well as skyrocketing poverty levels, that the entertainment industry should forfeit some of the rather unnecessary award functions that are given to actors/actresses and utilize that money towards a greener and healthier India? No doubt you are a fantastic actor, with or without your family background. But I just feel that you are above the mediocrities of the film industry and would be a great icon in pushing for a better India. The youth look to you as an icon, and with such great power does come a greater responsibility.

    March 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  40. Want to ask

    Given that your personal and social life consist of big names of the world, do you ever experience any kind of complex with respect to others. A good example of this situation could be your married life.

    March 5, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  41. UV

    Loved your performance in Run and Sarkar. Why don't you take on more roles like that as it depicts you whole acting abilities than the newer rolls you have taken on. Do not get shadowed by performance of you dad and wife, show the talent you have. Go Bombay Scottish!

    March 5, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  42. Ram

    Abhishek do you not think that it is unfair at some level that in spite of a string of box office duds at the start of your career, 17 to be precise, you were still offered movies just because of your lineage. There are multitudes of strugglers in the film industry and you were offered opportunity after opportunity. Do you not feel undeserving of whatever little you have achieved?

    March 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  43. RG

    Hi Abhishek, I am not sure if you remember your Sanskrit teacher in Delhi. It was Mrs. Handa :). She was my teacher too in St. Columba's. I recall my naani saying that she used to twist your ears whenever you made a mistake ... lol... Yes we were all scared of her.

    Anyways, I am not sure if you feel this way. Being son of Big B and husband of Aishwarya, I feel that you have lost your individual identity. Before you were married, you acted in a lot of movies and were very successful. You were on the way to success. People started to look at you as "Abhishek" and not as "son of Big B" or "Aishwarya's husband".

    But after your marriage, I think everyone looks at Aishwarya, then Big B and then you. You seem to have disappeared in their shadows. What do you think?


    March 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  44. Neetu

    Dear Mr. Bachchan,

    Sonal Shah said it all...there is a major cringe factor for me with Bollywood. Why is India – a country so rich with culture and history still mired in illiteracy, poverty, exploitation of children and lack of civic sense? This contrasted with the excesses of Bollywood celebrities is obscene.

    It would be refreshing to see you and your wife doing more then simply kicking around with the elite and accepting awards. If anything should be borrowed from Hollywood (other than scripts) it should be the altruistic and socially forward thinking of Hollywood celebs.

    Again I'm sure you are a committed and talented actor, but guess what! You can also do some real good for the country that has made you, your wife and your father famous and wealthy...

    March 5, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  45. BaffaMustapha

    'like father,like son' What can you say about it?
    Are Bollywood films losing their touch of culture in recent times? Things like clothing,behavior,...

    March 5, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  46. Darshini Patel

    Hello Abhishek,

    You definitely excel at what you do, but what I would like to know is that if you were not an actor and were working at a regular job from 9am – 5pm, what profession would you choose for eg marketing, accounting, pediatrician 🙂 ?

    Regards – Darshini

    March 5, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  47. pankhesh mistry

    How does it feel to become n live as superstar? What did u major in while u were in university?

    March 5, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  48. Arsalan Ghani

    your dad become famous by doing roles of poor working class and then gradually progressed to mafia and then millionaire type role which he is still doing nowadays. Mind it there are 90% poor people in India. You have to be like them. They need their vowes to be addressed through struggle with businessmen and politicians.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  49. Sheila

    What is your favorite movie from your legendary father's record? What is your favorite movie from your record thus far? My personal favorites are Deewar for AB and Guru for you.

    March 5, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  50. chandra

    Firstly I love your father – super intelligent, a super star.

    Can't wait to see Teen Patti

    Hey come to Hollywood. I think they need your humor and good looks 🙂
    I love ARB, she is breathtaking. I hope to see you both in passing someday.

    Enjoy your time in London.

    Best of luck!


    March 5, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  51. Brinda

    Hi Abhishek,

    Which role do you think you've done your best acting? Which role do you think Aishwarya has done her best acting?


    March 5, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Reply
  52. mansi

    wats more important 4 u ??!! critical acclaim 4 a movie..or a big commercial success??!!

    March 5, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  53. Shubha Taparia

    Hi Abhishek, I'm an artist living and working in London. In 2007, on one of my trips to India, I came across your picture in a newspaper. It was you sitting in your brand new Bentley on the occasion of your 30th birthday and interestingly, the people/fans surrounding you were equally imposing. I recycled the images of this episode and painted them onto very large canvases. These've turned out to be a hit. I just wanted to share this with you!

    March 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  54. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Abhishek Bachchan and CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Abhishek Bachchan to the following questions:
    – How are you and your wife inspiring people in India and all over the world to make our world a Better Healthier and Beautiful Place?
    – How can we bring Unity and Peace to India and our World?

    I am awaiting Abhishek Bachchan’s replies.

    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname
    Latin America

    March 5, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  55. Siraj Ahmed

    Hi Abhishek,

    I follow your tweets and you got good ear for the music while stuck in Mumbai traffic or talking about changing postal address to Mumbai airport... which one do you prefer getting stuck in Mumbai traffic or being on a plane for hours?

    I am from Bangalore in San Francisco for the past five years... some times I really miss Bangalore traffic where in we used to decide on way back to home OK lets eat at this place today and we used to do that atleast thrice in a week...

    Siraj Ahmed
    Pelican Products
    23215 Early Ave. Torrance CA 90505

    March 5, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  56. Vinicius

    Hello I would like to know what Abhi think of Brazil when he came here to write a movie? and I mean that I am the biggest fan of it here in Brazil and the World. sorry my english

    March 6, 2010 at 5:14 am | Reply
  57. Kenny from Chicago

    Hello Abhisek; Loved all your movies including all that did not fare well in the beginning. All your movies since Bluffmaster has been TOP NOTCH & you deserved an award for GURU.....In any case, you and Hritik said during Dhoom 2 that both of you will work together in movies once every two years. No luck since Dhoom2...are there any ideas floating about pairing you? I think a movie like Trishul would be great one to remake with you in Big B role ofcourse?

    March 6, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Reply
  58. Louise

    I think I saw you on Oprah on few months ago. Other than that appearance, I don't know anything about you and I haven't seen any of your movies.

    What do you do when you are not filming a movie or promoting it? What do you like to do in your spare time?

    How many movies have you made? My impression of Bollywood movies are that they are made quickly and for cheap. Is this accurate?

    What did you think of the movie Slum Dog Millionaire? What effect do you think this movie has on Bollywood and the acceptance of Bollywood movies into the mainstream in North America?

    March 10, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Reply
  59. Keira

    Hollywood & Bollywood are two separate & very powerful entities on their own. Do you think they'll ever blend? (as in we'll we ever see a Hollywood actor/actress starring in a Bollywood film & vice versa). Is that even possible?

    March 11, 2010 at 12:47 am | Reply
  60. Deepthi

    Mr Bachchan: Congratulations on being a celebrity model for millions of individuals around the world! You speak so well, and there's so much depth in what you say weather it is about your acting, comparing you to your father, your relationship with celebrity cum fantastic actor – you just seem to be so sincere and we feel that you speak from your heart! I would like to know which university you attended while studying in the USA, and in what ways has the US/Indian education influenced your thinking?

    Deepthi Pieris
    Sri Lanka

    March 11, 2010 at 8:10 am | Reply
  61. Sultan Ameer

    Bollywood is in existence for a long time now, after all these years why bollywood still can't make quality movies like european, west-asian movie industries and hollywood of-course?

    March 11, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  62. Barnali

    Hi Abhishek,

    I wanna know if you were not an actor then what you choose as occupation?


    March 17, 2010 at 6:01 am | Reply
  63. vivek raman

    sir pranam , how r u? want to meet u, it"s my dream . i am at chennai ,studing at dr mgr university. my no is 9952957997.i am just waiting .please come here soon.

    August 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply

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