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I can handle intensity with ease: John

Bollywood heartthrob John Abraham speaks to Hiren Kotwani about his passions, politics and professionalism.

india Updated: Nov 27, 2006 16:56 IST

"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

Baabul

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“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?