'Rajiv Menon's film isn't an exact remake of 'Abhimaan'


Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai

"Yes, Rajiv is a very dear friend. He directed Aishwarya earlier in the Tamil film 'Kandukondain Kandukondain'. He approached us with a subject that isn't exactly a remake of 'Abhimaan'. But it's very similar. We've both approved and attached ourselves to the subject," Abhishek said.

This will be his seventh film with Aishwarya after "Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke" (2000), "Kuch Naa Kaho" (2003), "Umrao Jaan" (2006), "Guru" (2007), "Dhoom 2" (2007) and "Sarkar Raj" (2008) and Mani Ratnam's next, "Ravan".

For the moment, Abhishek's kitty is full.

"I'm also doing Rohan Sippy's next. We'll try to do something as different as 'Bluffmaster'. I'm also doing Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's 'Paanch Kaurav' with pa (Amitabh Bachchan)," he said.

He is also going to team up with Abhinay Deo who has just finished Imran Khan-starrer "Delhi Belly".

"Yes, I'm doing Abhinay Deo's film. I've always been impressed by his ads. And when I heard he was making feature films, I was keen to work with him," said Abhishek.

In the last two years, he has worked with directors as diverse as Ram Gopal Varma, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Mani Ratnam and says it has been a time of great learning experiences.

"Oh it was huge. My first release in 2008 was 'Sarkar Raj'. I went on to 'Drona'. I ended last year with 'Dostana'. Then came 'Delhi 6'. I had a wonderful time making all of them.
"I'm happy with the work I've done regardless of whether the film has been successful or not. The important thing is to enjoy the journey of making the film. Because that's all you finally take home. I look back with fond memories," he said.

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