John Abraham is playing a cop in the Hindi remake of Tamil action movie Kaakha Kakha and may emulate Suray, who played lead role in the original, and keep a moustahce for his role.
"I think Suriya looked pretty cool as a cop, mouche (moustache) and all. I don't know how I look with a moustache. If the people whose opinion I value like me in it, it stays," said John.
John is playing a cop for the first time in the film and isn't taking any chances. He wants to get the spoken language, body language, personality and tone just right.
For this, John has not only changed his food and exercise habits and repeatedly watches as many cop films from Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry to Om Puri's Ardh Satya to Amitabh Bachchan's Zanjeer. He has also been socialising with cops, trying to understand how their minds and bodies move.
"I've always dreamt of playing a cop. I've watched Mr. Bachchan in Zanjeer so many times that I've lost count. One of the main reasons I wanted to do the Hindi version of Kaakha Kaakha was to get into a cop's uniform. To my disappointment, my director Nishikant Kamat decided to do away with the uniform in my film," John said.
So disappointed was John that he tried to argue with the director. "In this matter I am like a child. If I'm playing a cop, I want to wear the cop's uniform and feel like a cop."
So adamant is John to get the uniform back that the script is now being re-worked again.
John has also been chatting with the Tamil superstar Suriya. "Suriya is a great guy and a buddy. Yes, we've been bonding about Kaakha Kaakha," he said.
Co-incidentally, John and Suriya are neighbours in Mumbai. Suriya's wife, actress Jyothika, owns a flat next to John's residence. And whenever Suriya is in Mumbai, he stays a stone's throw away from John.