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John, Bips to share screen? 'Yes, why not'

Prashant Singh, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, October 10, 2011
First Published: 15:02 IST(10/10/2011) | Last Updated: 13:17 IST(11/10/2011)

For nine years, John Abraham and Bipasha Basu were regarded as a ‘super couple’. But after their much-hyped breakup, John claims to have closed that chapter of his life. “I am not revisiting anything from the past at this point of time. I’m looking forward to newer things,” says the actor, adding, “Through my relationships and films, I have matured a lot.”

Ask John if he’s ready to work with Bipasha and he shoots back: “Yes, why not? I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I would love to work with her.” Almost as an afterthought, he quickly adds, “At some point, if an offer comes and we are the only options in the cast, I would surely consider it. I think that’s the best way to respond.”

John and Bipasha first came together in Mahesh Bhatt’s Jism (2003) and later in Madhoshi (2004) followed by Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal (2007).

Besides Bipasha, John may also soon work with another rumoured ex-flame, Vidya Balan, in Shooutout At Wadala and Force 2. During the filming of Salaam-E-Ishq (2007), rumours about Vidya and John’s affair began doing the rounds. This apparently caused a lot of discord in his relationship with Bipasha, whom he was going steady with at that time.

Thereafter, John and Vidya never acted together.

John AbrahamBut John says he’d “love to work” with Vidya. “I am very excited by the possibility,” he adds, dismissing all media reports regarding Vidya and him. “We share great chemistry. If she is doing the film, it’s great.”

Of late, the actor has also been linked with his Force co-star Genelia D’Souza and even Chitrangada Singh and Deepika Padukone, who will appear with him in Desi Boyz.

“If I am single, I’m ready for people to start linking me with women, but I’m indifferent to that,” says John, who insists he doesn’t want to be known as ‘frivolous’.

The actor explains, “Contrary to my image, I am a very serious and conservative person. I don’t think it’s fair to call me frivolous. And it’s unfair for women because I go unscathed, but they suffer. Be it Genelia, Deepika or Chitrangda; it’s not fair for them.”

‘Force got me critical acclaim.’ Well...
John Abraham’s Force has been nothing less than powerful. It has netted around R 25 crore in the first week, and is being touted as his biggest opener as a solo lead. And not surprisingly, John is relieved.

“After watching the film, several people told me, ‘there was a lot of talk about your body, but what a performance!’ As an actor, it’s important to deliver the right level of emotions and perform with complete honesty,” says the actor.

He contends that he only wanted to be established as an action hero with Force.

“But I’m happy that it has also worked commercially and got me critical acclaim,” says John, who is now looking forward to comic outings with Desi Boyz and Housefull 2. Rohit Dhawan’s comedy is due to release this year. “I enjoy comedy. Akshay (Kumar) taught me a lot while we worked together in Garam Masala (2005),” says John, who will also return to action with Race 2 and Shootout At Wadala later this year.

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