The actor, who has been contemplating production for the last two years, plans to produce a film on soccer very soon. John Abraham, a football lover, admits that he wants to make a film on every conceivable sport in the world.
“I’ve worked on a football movie,
Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal
(2007), which didn’t get the response it deserved, probably because we set it in Southall and not in India. But I completely relish the idea of exploring victory, angst, jealousy and loss on a sports field. I want to show that these words have different connotations when you look at them with respect to sports,” says Abraham, who agreed to work for a lesser fee for Abbas Tyrewala’s
and take a cut in the film’s subsequent profits.
The actor doesn’t have a staff-driven line-production company right now, but when he’s ready with one, he wants to make entertaining movies.
“I don’t want to make pseudo cinema to prove to the world that I understand it. I hate being pretentious. I’ll produce projects in which I can also act,” laughs Abraham, pointing out that his football movie would be as entertaining as
Escape To Victory
Remember The Titans
“They gave the viewers goosebumps. That’s what makes a sports film so special.”
Would he become a part of Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra’s Football Premier League when it launches? Abraham says, “I appreciate their gesture because it’s noble. I know that Sanjay Dutt has also pledged his support. I’ll be more than happy to help them whenever they need me.”
Abraham hasn’t missed a single football match from the FIFA World Cup so far. He says, “I hope Argentina wins. Their coach, Diego Maradona, one of my favourite footballers, has pledged to dance naked on the streets of Buenos Aires, if they do. I can’t be in that city, but it’ll be a sight for sure.”