'Middle class women, here I come'

Bollywood heartthrob John Abraham says that he is willing to do more family-oriented films after Baabul.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 16:27 IST

Bollywoodheartthrob John Abraham admits he was under pressure before the release of his first family drama Baabul, but says he is now comfortable with the genre and ready to do more such films.

"The tension was all coming from within me. I was doing something I had never done before. Mr Ravi Chopra had put a lot of faith in me by putting me in Baabul. It had a full-on cast who had proved themselves in mainstream cinema. I was new to this set-up and therefore quite nervous in the beginning. I had to break my mindset as an actor," John told IANS.

Also starring Amitabh Bachchan, Hema Malini, Salman Khan and Rani Mukerji, the film is about a man fighting society to get his widowed daughter-in-law remarried.

John Abraham is willing to do more family films after Baabul

"I was very, very happy. Now give me more family films. Middle class women, here I come."

John's says that jumped as soon as he was offered the role.

"I heard the script. It moved me to tears. If a script sounds good, all the characters will shine. The important thing is not to fall so much in love with your role that you forget the larger picture."

Has he so far missed out on family audiences?

"Well.... I endorse the children's TV channel Hungama. But yes, I've never done a film aimed expressly at a family audience. Whether it's Jism, Aetbaar or even Dhoom, these weren't aimed at family viewers. But surprisingly children are my biggest fans. That's really heartening."

Vishal Bhardwaj, who's producing the John starrer No Smoking, informs that his young son Aasman is a huge fan of John.

"That's so sweet," the actor said. "When you've the kids on your side, you get the moms and dads as a bonus."

John admits Baabul was a novel experience for him.

"If my Baabul or Deepa Mehta's Water encourages even one man to extend his hand to marry a widow, I'd feel happy."

John says he comes from a generation that believes everyone has the right to live with dignity.

"I see no problem in a woman getting married again. I can't understand how anyone can be prevented from remarrying."

First Published: Dec 19, 2006 16:27 IST