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John's in love with his new avatar

John Abraham who will be seen in a brand-new avatar in his upcoming film Jhootha Hi Sahi, set to release on October 22, speaks to Parmita Uniyal about why it's important to break the mould and delve into the unknown.

bollywood Updated: Oct 12, 2010 11:22 IST
Parmita Uniyal
Parmita Uniyal
Hindustan Times

There are three things about John Abraham that you can only discover after meeting him in person - he knows how to counter a tricky question with that killer dimpled smile; he can go wild and wacky when the camera is not on (in his own words); and he can chat on and on until interrupted by a PR person.

At DLF Place Mall, Saket, for his first event of Jhootha Hi Sahi in the capital, John Abraham, who was in a super jolly mood, was at his outspoken best, unlike the character he plays in the film.

'Lies show on my face'
The actor portrayed the role of Sid who just couldn't speak truth to a girl, contrary to John in real life, who is very bad at lying.

"I've been a pathetic liar all my life. It shows on my face. For the movie, Abbas Tyrewala taught me how to speak a lie, and now I won't be a pathetic liar anymore."

The actor, however, feels there is no harm in sweet lies. "When you are in a relationship, you have to speak lies to keep your bond healthy. That's exactly what the film is all about. I think sweet lies are ok. You should be honest, but sometimes jhootha hi sahi theek hai."

Jhootha Hi Sahi'In love with my look'

John Abraham might have lost his muscles for the role, but he's in love with the way he looks in the film, and is even scared that filmmakers might ask him to maintain the look for their films from now on.

"It's strange that I have fallen in love with the way I look in this film. I usually do not like myself. I am happy and I am scared too that from now on filmmakers will ask me to look the same way."

'I don't like my comfort zone'
The actor doesn't regret doing meaningful roles that got him critical acclaim but no box-office success. People couldn't accept John in roles like New York, Kabul Express, Aashayein, but the actor thinks it's important to get out of the box.

"It's important for an actor to experiment with different roles. An actor should be brave enough to do that. When you fall in a comfort zone, you get trapped in it. Audience would want you to see only in that mould. You should not let that happen, and should make audience like your experiments as an actor."

'Pakhi was perfect for the role'
Was working with a newcomer also an experiment? While people might think that Pakhi was the original choice for the role since she has penned the script, it was not the case. Pakhi, along with Madhu Mantena, the producer of the film, narrated the script to John, and the actor knew who his actress would be.

"I didn't know that she was Abbas Tyrewala's wife. She knew the grain of her character so well, that she had to be the lead actress. Casting is very important to a film."

'Bips and I don't clash on BO'
While the director of the movie Abbas Tyrewala is working frantically on the music score with AR Rahman in Chennai, John Abraham is relieved that his film is not clashing with Bipasha's Aakrosh (scheduled for a October 15 release), and is now releasing on October 22.

"We clash in real life, not in films you see."

First Published: Oct 11, 2010 19:54 IST