For someone touted to have Greek God looks, turning a geek was risky. Unfortunately, Jhootha Hi Sahi, helmed by Abbas Tyrewalla, didn’t do as well as expected. Nonetheless, John Abraham is moving on, optimistic that 2011 will put him back on the hit parade with Nishikant Kamath’s remake of the Tamil hit, Kakha Kakha, Karan Johar’s Dostana 2 and Abbas-Mustan’s Race 2. Besides, his production too is scheduled to start next summer.
The actor admits that he gets nervous only when he signs a film. “I don’t get euphoric when my film becomes a hit or go into depression when it doesn’t do well,” he says, adding that he understands filmmaking is a collective effort: “When New York and Dostana did well, I knew that the Yashraj banner, Kabir Khan, Katrina Kaif and Dharma Productions, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra were all instrumental in their success.”Going back to being the Greek God wasn’t any difficult for Abraham either. "I had eight months off after shooting Abbas’s film, which gave me enough time to get back into shape for Nishikant’s movie. Besides, I followed a very clinical and scientific method to regain the muscle, to ensure that losing and gaining didn’t have any adverse effects on my health," explains Abraham.
Considering the nature of the movie produced by Vipul Shah, Abraham revels in the fact that it’s his first hardcore action film. What about Dhoom? He reasons that the action sequences in Dhoom were different and stylised. “This one is realistic, because it’s more physical. To put my character in proper perspective, I’d say it’s in the space of Bruce Willis of Die Hard with the physique of Van Damme,” elaborates the actor about his special operations cop role.
Point out to him the irony of not being offered such an action flick before and Abraham admits that he’s often been asked this, but he never had an appropriate answer. “After a point in time, I’d tell people that action films are expensive to make. And when a couple of movies in this genre do well, I’m sure I’ll also do one or two action roles. Until then, I’ll be happy singing and dancing,” he recalls wryly.
The actor is equally gung-ho about his foray into production, with not one, but two films. He reveals, “One is Ishaan with Rose Movies and Reliance Big Entertainment, to be directed by Kapil Sharma (son of Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma). It’s a story about relationships, like Dil Chahta Hai and Wake Up Sid.”
The other one is a slice-of-life subject to be helmed by Sabal Shekhawat, which will go on the floors by April or May. “We’re yet to finalise the rest of the cast and crew. And once that’s done, we’ll be in a better position to talk about those films at length,” he promises.