He found himself having an extramarital affair in Jism (2003), and then experimented with homosexuality in Dostana (2008). Now, actor John Abraham discusses sperm donation in his maiden production, Vicky Donor, which marks the launch of his banner, JA Entertainment.
"I always wanted to get into production, and in the past four years, the urge has become even stronger. That’s why I registered JA Entertainment three years ago on Valentine’s Day," says John, adding that the main banner will have smaller branches too — Slipstream Films and Pollen Films.
Ask the Force (2011) star if he’s picked a risky subject, and he says, "Basically, Vicky Donor is a romantic comedy between a Punjabi boy and a Bengali girl. But the concept is set against the background of sperm donation. Shoojit (director Shoojit Sircar) has handled the issue beautifully, especially since it’s taboo in Indian society."
John hopes that Vicky Donor, which releases on May 11, will do for sperm donation what Dostana did for homosexuality — put a light spin on a serious subject. He goes on to point out that in cities like Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai, women face problems in conceiving children due to high stress levels.
"There are actors who have adopted, and gone public with other methods of conceiving children like IVF and sperm donation. There’s no harm in taking up this topic. Getting it out in the open in the best possible manner will only help," he says.
John will also turn item boy for his debut production, saying, "Yes, I am in a song. But a film will work if it’s marketed well. And if it’s good, it will pick up through word-of-mouth." The action star, who completed a decade of being in the industry last month, also has plans to turn director soon, and is currently looking forward to the release of upcoming films like Housefull 2, Race 2, Dostana 2 and Shootout At Wadala.
Return to cinema, remember Aamir Khan’s 1989 film Raakh? Director Aditya Bhattacharya, who directed it, vanished from Bollywood after the film failed to do well despite getting three National Awards. But now, John is set to bring Aditya back in Bollywood with his next, Kala Ghoda.
"That’s going to be the second production from my company. It also stars Kunal Roy Kapoor. I have been in touch with Aditya. I think the film will go on floors by September. But I will talk about it only when it’s over," says John, adding his Slipstream Films will produce Kala Ghoda. Raakh, interestingly, was to be re-released in theatres in India in 2009 but it did not happen apparently due to producer-multiplex owner standoff during that period.