Could it be? Was this even possible?
By my reckoning, Abhishek Bachchan was hot for one quick second. He’s always been likeable, as Main Prem ki Deewani Hoon Aur Sab ko Pagal Karne Aayi Hoon or whatever that Sooraj Barjatya directed nightmare was called, proved beyond debate. As the only cast member who walked away with his dignity (mostly) intact, no mean feat when Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan were going into paroxysms of emotion and almost willing every other actor on set to match them expression for grotesque expression, he had my hands down vote as a movie star. I mean, even the animated bird gave into the combined Kapoor-Roshan onslaught of bad acting but not the Li’l B.
But it’s one thing to be a safe zone in a sea of agony, entirely another to make one’s heart go pitterpat. This he accomplished sometime between Dhoom (the Original), Bluffmaster and Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna Even If I Can’t Remember Why Not. In the first, he was clearly on his way up but the mighty power of John Abraham’s abs would not be defeated, in the second he easily slew Ritesh Deshmukh’s puny charms, but by the third, he was already swerving off the stubbly goodness into plain ol’ unkempt.
And when he tried to clean it up a little, it got even worse, because he then plonked a hairband on his head. I owned one of those things in second grade and let me tell you, not only are those things a one way ticket to headache city, they’re also hideous. The only time I’ve seen them work is when Farhan Akhtar wore them and that’s because every time I see him, my hormones interfere with my eyesight and I’d take him in a skirt and a halter top, sipping a Cosmo with his pinky raised. (Wait! Let me think… um, yeah. I stand by that statement. Woe is me coz you know I just tempted fate.)
Anyway… so, Drona. The Hair, The Grim, The Fantasy, The Priyanka in Ass Kicking Mode. Could this be the return of Hot Abhishek? I likey. And then I read this:
Drona has been described as a Harry Potter meets Indiana Jones movie, but with an original story.
Erm. And saw these:
Uhhhhh. O-kayyyy. Well, Priyanka looks great.