“It is not just about this industry, life in general, it is about out of sight, out of mind. Initially, it was a thought that I had. But I was very confident that it would not become an issue,” Abhishek said.
The actor, best known for his roles in Guru, Yuva and Dhoom franchise, said feeling stuck was a bigger fear than being forgotten for him.
“…I just wanted to re-evaluate where I was in life, wanted to re-energise myself. There was a definite complacency that had come into my work and I wanted to change that,” he said.
“I have worked very hard on all the films I have done. I have loved all the films that I have done and I have enjoyed every one of them. (But) I felt my personal approach needed to change.”
As a leading man, his 2015 film All is Well did not do well at the box office. He was then seen in Housefull 3 with Akshay Kumar.
Asked if he ever felt that his viability as a hero was questioned, Abhishek said, “The films like Happy New Year and Housefull 3 were doing well, they were enormous hits. But you have to go beyond that. It was a more personal decision than a commercial one.”
In his break, Abhishek focused on supporting his football and kabaddi teams. Today, the actor said, he is a “lot of more focused”.
“In all these films, when you feel the onus of the film is not on you, you feel liberated and it becomes very easy. But your job is not meant to be easy, it is meant to be tough and you are meant to feel and take the pressure. That is more important.”
The actor does not look back at his past career “fondly”.
“When you see what you have done in the past, you figure out a better way and that is good as it means you are evolving as an actor,” he said.
“Each individual has to learn to grapple with success and failure themselves. It has different definitions for everybody. With success, you learn humility and from failure, you need to learn strength,” he added.
Manmarziyaan is directed by Anurag Kashyap. After a brief sabbatical from the film, Abhishek Bachchan is returning with Manmarziyaan and his co-star Taapsee Pannu calls the actor’s decision to take a break extremely “brave and courageous.”
“Abhishek will sometimes be sure, sometimes unsure of things but you need strength to survive all the ups and downs. Then to take a break to sort things out and return with a film like Manmarziyaan. It is not a conventional heroic film for him to do. It is very brave and he is strong as a person to do that. It requires courage,” Taapsee said.
The Pink star says it would be wrong to say that Abhishek has not proved himself as a performer in the industry.