The John Abraham-Deepa Mehta mutual fan club now threatens to spill over into several films. After Oscar nominated Water, the NRI director had signed him to play a pivotal role in Exclusion, which has now been put on hold, and a mainstream Hollywood film Luna.
Though the film is being produced by Warner Brothers, it was of course, Mehta's idea to cast John.
"And why not? After working with John I realised what a wonderful human being he is. He just brings so much positive energy to the location. And he's so willing to learn and participate. John was my first and last choice for Luna. If I have my way and if he fits in I'll cast him in all my films," Mehta told IANS.
Explaining the reasons to do Luna first, Mehta said: "Exclusion is a very ambitious project. And it's a script I'm writing on my own. With my father's death and my mother moving to Toronto with me, I'm in no mood to apply my thoughts to a script. Luna is something that almost fell into my lap. Warner Brothers gave me a ready script by David Ward."
Mehta, who has earlier made Fire and Earth, stressed that her mother was her priority right now.
"If at this point in my life, when I need to be by my mother's side I was asked to write a script I'd have said no. David's script for Luna was given to me ready to be directed. It was too hard to resist," said Mehta who had some very unfortunate run-ins with Bollywood stars in the past.
She brushed them aside and said that John would be in Exclusion too. The project that has been put on hold for now also stars Amitabh Bachchan.
"Yes, that project will be on hold for the time being. Right now I'm revved-up about Luna. It addresses itself to a favourite subject, the environment. From the start I've been a child of nature.
"Water had a very strong ecological element. The love for nature is another factor that binds me with John. And of course the fact that my mother adores him just ends all discussion."