John Abraham is finally going beyond biceps. At least if we’re to believe filmmaker Shoojit Sircar of Vicky Donor fame, who has directed him in his next movie, Madras Cafe.
“It’s a completely new John Abraham you’ll get to see (in my film). You’ll not see his swollen biceps and beefed up body ... he has put in a lot of character effort for the film,” says Sircar. He adds to that, “You don’t anyway add glamour deliberately ... it’s inherent to the script.”
The film, shot in the backdrop of the Sri Lankan Civil War of the 1990s, has John playing the role of an intelligence officer alongside Nargis Fakhri, who plays a reporter. Asked why he chose Fakhri even after the infamous ‘duckface’ and other criticism of her acting skills, Sircar says, “You’ll be surprised by her performance ... despite whatever has been said about her, she is a revelation.”
What about either of the actors acting pricey, as go the tales from Bollywood film sets? “Thankfully, it has not happened with me in case of any of the actors I’ve worked with. As a director, I’ve always felt in-charge,” he says.
The film has run into controversy for its bold, political theme, but Sircar is unfazed. While he doesn’t fear fanatic repercussions, he says it’s good to be on the learning curve. “I’m no expert or formula filmmaker. I’m only exploring myself,” he says.
We point out that there is another ‘Madras’ title after SRK’s Chennai Express and he clarifies, “My film is based in Sri Lanka, in a completely different time and zone.”