Abhishek isn’t exactly like Hrithik or Salman in terms of TGIF-iness. But I know there is a certain segment of the population which appreciates him. And that part of that segment is in the comments section here. So I thought I might as well give him his very own post for his birthday week.
Let’s start with one of his very first picture. That’s the luxury with Abhishek, since his entire life has been documented by the media, we have oodles and oodles of images to pick through.
Here’s another one from back before he got so tall. Although already quite the thinker, look at how he is studying that grass!
Another one a few years later. I can’t decide if he was a shy little boy and needed his hand held, or if he was a wriggly little boy who was temporarily at bay and planning his escape.
Now, this one is just cute! Has such a father-son family trip vibe to it.
Speaking of family trip, oh my goodness is this the trippiest picture or what! Also, I feel for Jaya here. My mother has the same problem, she was the shortest one in the family by the time I turned 13 (I’m the youngest), and she had to go on all these family outings surrounded by giants.
But all those family outings paid off in long term love and affection. Check out teenage Abhishek being all touchy-feely!
He went through kind of awkward phase as a young man, although all teenage boys do really. Kind of too big for their own skin.
But he finally outgrew it, right around the time he started dating Karisma Kapoor. I had other pictures I could have used, but I like this one partly because I have NO IDEA what is happening in it. And partly because you can see tiny little Navya Naveli Nanda in the bottom right corner (another person whose entire childhood is documented).
And finally he burst forth, an official movie star! With Refugee! In which, I promise, he looked much better than he appears in this initial look test. And also less “What have I done?” in his expression.
And then he had flop pe flop pe flop for years. Not that there weren’t some good movies in there! Personally, I am quite quite fond of Kuch Na Kaho. Although I can see why it didn’t make him a star. His look just wasn’t quite there yet, he needed less of the eyebrows and more of the hair poof and beard. And also less of the collar buttons.
You see what I mean? You see how much better this is, his next movie with Ramesh Sippy?
He also nailed his “photo look” at this point. A little hunched over, and looking down and to the side. Actually, surprisingly similar to that second photo of him up at the top of the post! Except he is taller now and doesn’t wear a diaper.
And sometimes a fun one!
But you know what my favorite picture of him is? The one from back before he got married with his “steady date” for all the awards shows:
(Yep, Navya again! She loves the camera and the camera loves her)