Actor John Abraham, a self-proclaimed fan of political thrillers, has been offered to play the protagonist in one, being directed by Shoojit Sircar who debuted with Yahaan, toplining Jimmy Sheirgil and Minnisha Lamba.
Abraham confirms the news and says, "I am quite thrilled. Shoojit came with the script to me a few days ago and we ran through it. I’m impressed with the story and the character he wants me to play."
Abraham refused to divulge more, pointing out that he would comment on the film after all details had been finalised. "We’ll announce the title, the names of the remaining artistes and discuss the storyline once we’re ready," he adds.
The actor admits he’s in awe of girlfriend Bipasha Basu’s performance in Lamhaa. "I don’t care for the box office figures. Lamhaa is a brave film. I love the way Rahul Dholakia narrates a story. I didn’t approve of the ban on the film in Pakistan and the Middle-East because I feel it was unnecessary. It analyses the the Kashmir issue intelligently," Abraham states.
He believes that the if the film could be passed in India with dialogue like “Indian dogs go away” with wise censorship, no other country should ideally have objected to the content in the film. Abraham feels that Lamhaa was in the league of Hollywood political thrillers like Syriana.
“We may not be right there yet, but films like Lamhaa, New York and Kabul Express just prove that we have the intellect to make such films too.”
Next step Abraham also plans to flag off his production company next year. Wouldn’t he want to fund Sircar’s film then? “I’m looking at a couple of projects right now, but we don’t know which film will go on the floor first next year. I may or may not produce Shoojit’s film. It depends on the budget,” he avers, explaining that he plans to make unpretentious entertaining films with modest budgets.
“I’m even planning to team up with big studios and get them on board as co-producers. It helps me in formulating an effective crew.”
Would girlfriend Bipasha and he be part of the projects? “We’re not making films for self promotion,” replies Abraham, adding “I don’t know whether we will fit into any of our productions. If there is something for both or either of us in a film, we’re up for it.”