Bollywood actor, John Abraham has spoken out about the kinds of roles he chooses to maintain a string of freshness among the audience. He says that he doesn’t want his character to be monotonous and wants to try something new every time.
Recently, at a press conference, Abraham explains that he tries to balance out thrillers involving lots of action and stunts with lighter-hearted movies.
As for the role of Manya Surve, that he plays in Shootout at Wadala, he wanted the audience to see him in a role they haven’t seen him do before. “When you see the film, you will realise how well we have managed to round out the character of Manya Surve,” he explains. “We have not tried to glorify a gangster at all, and neither have we shown him to be totally ruthless and heartless. In the film, you will also learn about his heartbreaking love story. There are so many dimensions to this character.”
Shootout at Wadala, a prequel to the 2007 movie Shootout at Lokhandwala, is based on a book by a Mumbai-based journalist who specialises in crime and investigative reporting. S Hussain Zaidi’s Dongri To Dubai: Six Decades of The Mumbai Mafia, was published last year.
The mafia theme has been very popular in the Bollywood scene ever since the 1978 epic, Amitabh Bachchan’s Don.
Shootout at Wadala stars John Abraham, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor and Sonu Sood in lead roles. It retells the dramatic encounter that took place in Mumbai in 1982 between Surve and Mumbai police. John Abraham has done a very convincing job acting as Manya Surve and Kangna Ranaut (Vidya, in the movie) has played John’s love.
Impressed by both the actors’ chemistry on screen, Sanjay Gupta decided to add an intimate scene in the film. John goes on to talk about the controversial move as being necessary for the story. “The scene was shot on a closed set and was executed very professionally,” says Abraham. Abraham has nothing but praise for his female co-stars Sophie Chaudhry and Sunny Leone.
“Sophie and Sunny have both performed extremely well and there will be no shortage or work for them after this film,” he says, smiling at Leone.
“It has been unbelievable working with John and everyone else for this film,” says Leone. “These are people that I used to see on the screen, and now here I am right beside them. It’s like a dream come true. However, I do realise that this is just the beginning and there is a long way for me to go.”
The Indo-Canadian actress is a recent star of Bollywood. Since making her Bollywood debut last year in Jism 2, she moved her base from Canada to India, setting up home in Mumbai.
It has not been easy, she explains.
“I am not just learning the ropes of and making a place for myself in a new industry,” she says, “but I am also coming to terms with a whole new country, its people and their lifestyles.”
Sunny Leone has been practicing learning Hindi and is surely growing more comfortable with the language.
“It is going to take a lot of hard work. It’s not that easy to make a name for yourself in Bollywood. But when you work with people like these, everything becomes so much easier. Everyone has been so patient with me and I have learnt so much on the sets of Shootout at Wadala, ”