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John to produce film on football

entertainment Updated: Jun 26, 2010 19:00 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times
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John Abraham

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

1-800-Love

and take a cut in the film’s subsequent profits.



Real cinema

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

(1981) and

Remember The Titans

(2000) were.


“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.”



FIFA fan


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.”