"You can enjoy the beautiful view from here. But if it depresses you, feel free to jump off,” jokes John Abraham wryly.
The model-turned-actor is shooting for Anurag Kashyap’s No Smoking on the top floor of a thirty-two-storey tower in Worli. Isn’t it ironical that when he was doing Dhoom, girlfriend Bipasha Basu couldn’t do it and now that she’s in the sequel, he’s nowhere in the picture? “She’s more than making up for my absence by doing a double role,” he jests.
His forthcoming release, Baabul, has him pitted against Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini and Rani Mukerji.
|John Abraham will be next seen in Ravi Chopra's Baabul.|
“The fact that I’m working with such great actors is proof enough that director Ravi Chopra believed that I could try to make that grade. Besides, it also helped raise my level of performance in their presence,” he says.
Ask him about the pressure to play an intense character in the film, and he replies, “I can handle intensity with ease, because that’s my favourite part of acting. I love crying and heavy scenes.”
One couldn’t help but sense the cold vibes between him and Salman Khan at the launch of the film’s music. The two reportedly had problems during the Rock Stars world tour, which continued when they shot for
“I report on the sets, do my job and leave for home after pack-up. Everything else is trivial. I didn’t sense anything. I give utmost importance to my job.” he asserts.
After hits like Dhoom, Garam Masala and Taxi No 9211, one would have expected him to stick to commercial films. Doesn’t he think it’s risky to do films like No Smoking, Aashaayein and Exclusion?
“I’m confident of myself and I believe in my directors. I’m drawing a balance, but not by following a commercial film with an intense film,” he answers, adding, “For me, Anurag Kashyap is the guy who made Black Friday and wrote Deepa Mehta’s Water.”
In between these films, he couldn’t do Shaad Ali’s Jhoom Barabar Jhoom. What about the repercussions of upsetting a big banner like Yash Raj Films?
“I share a very great equation with Adi (Aditya Chopra). It’s just about being honest,” he clarifies. Ask him whether he’s walking a tightrope maintaining relations with Karan Johar and Kumar Mangat, both of whom are said to be producing the director’s next film starring Abraham and he says, “I’m friendly with Karan, Soham is a good boy and Kumar Mangat is a really nice person. As an actor, my job is to do films if I like the script. I’m apolitical and don’t take sides.”
Lastly, did he influence his girlfriend to do UTV’s Goal with him? “I didn’t know Bipasha was doing the film till the director, Vivek Agnihotri told me about it,” he laughs and concludes, “I’m just happy that we’re doing a film together again.”
John's candid comments on:
Kabul Express: “Kabul Express was tough in terms of performance and also physically grueling.”
No Smoking: " No Smoking is an anti-smoking film. While others look for corners to puff without being caught, I’m doing it openly as it’s my job.”
Rock Star: “I’m learning to play the guitar for Rock Star. It’s tougher that lifting weights but I’m enjoying it.”
On his Link-ups:
"Link-ups are passé. We’re waiting for the next movie and link-up to laugh about.”