After making his directorial debut with the hit film, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na (JTYJN), film-maker Abbas Tyrewala is hoping to do one better with Jhootha Hi Sahi. The film, which releases on October 22, will see John Abraham as a nerd, romancing Tyrewala’s wife, Pakhi.
Of course, filming with your better half comes with it’s problems. In this case, the duo stopped living together to ensure they were entirely professional on the sets. “Both Pakhi and I decided that once the script was locked, we won’t let the film come between our relationship. Pakhi went into a different mode and was extremely professional. Even while we were shooting in London, for three months, we got separate rooms and decided not to have a personal life at all.”Interestingly, the film-maker had rejected Pakhi for another role in his debut film, when the two were not married. "I had rejected Pakhi for the role of Meghna for JTYJN, but she was an apt choice for this movie," says Tyrewala, who tied the knot with Pakhi in 2007.
He adds that John loved the film even before the script was complete. “I had gone to John with a subject that required him to be sexy, but not another poster-boy. I mentioned that Pakhi was writing a movie, and even though the script was not ready, he committed to it. I think what excited him was the chance to be different, to work as an actor and not just as a guy with a hot body.”
About the much-talked about ‘intimate’ scene between John and Pakhi, he says, “To begin with, there is nothing too daring as I don’t like titillation. I have full faith in Pakhi and so, there was no awkwardness. Moreover, I can’t have different standards for my wife and for other actors.”