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I?ve also had int?l offers, says John

He prefers to maintain a dignified silence about the offers coming his way.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 12:33 IST

Bollywood's rising star John Abraham, whose recent films Zinda and Taxi No. 9 2 11 have done well at the box office, says he would like to reach the global audience with an Indian theme like in Deepa Mehta's film Water.

"In Canada Water has catered to an all-white audience. And they were completely taken aback. If I have to reach to a global audience I'd rather do it through a film on an Indian theme like Water," said John.

Water depicts the plight of widows in the 1930s' India. John plays an idealistic young man who falls in love with a widow played by Lisa Ray.

The film won the Best Film award in at the Bangkok International Film Festival last month. It has also proved a smash hit in Canada, having opened five film festivals and grossed almost two million dollars at the Canadian box office since November.

John Abraham prefers to maintain a dignified silence about the international offers coming his way.

John is a big fan of Amitabh Bachchan and feels indebted to him because when most of the established actresses refused to work with him, Big B came to his rescue.

"At a time when big heroines refused to work with me Mr Amitabh Bachchan worked with me in Aetbaar. Mr. Bachchan and Bipasha (Basu) have been very supportive. I am very close to Abhishek and the entire Bachchan family. I wouldn't want anyone to say anything negative about them," John said in an interview.

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Your performance in Deepa Mehta's Water has been widely appreciated?
Not too many people in India have seen it. And I didn't tom-tom it. It's such beautiful film. In Canada Water has catered to an all-white audience. And they were completely taken aback. We have never had reactions like that before. For them the whole concept of the film was alien. It's one thing for audiences here to call out 'John Abraham'. It was quite another when they did it there. If I have to reach to a global audience I'd rather do it through a film on an Indian theme like Water.

Has it opened doors for you abroad?
I have had offers. But I don't want to proclaim like other actors out here that I am doing a Hollywood project. Here they don't seem to know the difference between Hollywood and any other international project. I wouldn't like to make a fool of myself by making such proclamations. There's no offer that I'd like to talk about. I am considering some. But I am doing none till next year.

"I have had offers. But I don't want to proclaim like other actors out here that I am doing a Hollywood project. Here they don't seem to know the difference between Hollywood and any other international project. I wouldn't like to make a fool of myself by making such proclamations," says John.

But you're doing Deepa Mehta's

Komagata Maru

?


Yeah... but we still need to finalise dates. Honestly, for the other role she needs Mr Amitabh Bachchan. Only he can do justice to it. He's a rock star. Mine is more a Bhagat Singh kind of a role.

What new films have you signed?
I am doing Nikhil Advani's Salaam-E-Ishq with Vidya Balan. She's damn sweet. It would be a nice different pairing. I have signed Sriram Raghavan's sweet romantic comedy Happy Birthday. We start this in July-August. Sriram is super-talented. And his concept is so interesting. I am also doing a film with a new director, Babar, to be shot in Baghdad, Iraq.

I am choosing very, very carefully. I need to work with filmmakers who'd get the best out of me. I still need that one huge film in my career. I am doing a Yash Raj film in 2006. My new film Taxi No. 9 2 11 is out. I recently saw an uncut version without background music. The movie took me completely by surprise. It is really entertaining. It's a fun movie and I have a light role.