Abhishek Bachchan has created magic on screen whenever he has been given a meaty role. Be it the brooding Gurukant Desai in Guru, the dashing cop in the Dhoom series, the upright Shankar in Sarkar or the lovable yet misunderstood goon Lallan from Yuva, he is a true director’s actor. However, it was in Dostana that one got a sneak peek of his hitherto-untapped comic potential. After playing a cool Miami dude in the Karan Johar comedy, he tickled our funny bone yet again with his desi avatars in Bol Bachchan and now, Happy New Year. Who would have thought that the sophisticated, intense, handsome Abhishek had the comedic ability to transform himself so convincingly into the hilarious tapori Nandu Bhide? With spot-on comic timing and body language that had us literally rolling on the floor (remember the snake dance scene?), Abhishek captured the essence of the uneducated and rough-around-the-edges Nandu with the kind of ease his father once exhibited in several of his comic outings on the big screen. While every actor in Farah Khan’s magnum opus masala comedy stood his own with ease, it wouldn’t be amiss to say that Abhishek’s double role was indeed the highlight of the film.
As Shah Rukh Khan said when he was in Dubai for the Happy New Year premier, Abhishek is the best actor in the ensemble cast. Star power, charisma and an ability to make every role his own – Abhishek takes the Bachchan legacy forward admirably. Masala! is proud to present the talented superstar with two awards – that of Entertainer of the Year and Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for his work in Happy New Year of his comic outings on the big screen. While every actor in Farah Khan’s magnum opus masala comedy stood his own with ease, it wouldn’t be amiss to say that Abhishek’s double role was indeed the highlight of the film.