If Irrfan Khan wants to blame one person in the industry because of whom he is no longer voluntarily unemployed, it has to Johan Abraham.
John was supposed to start shooting for Nishikan Kamat’s directorial venture Rocky Handsome this month. However, the dates for Kamat’s film clashed with Anees Bazmee’s Welcome Back.
The movie is said to be inspired by Arvind Kejriwal’s aam aadmi movement. Says director Nishikant Kamat, “When John was unable to shoot with me, I was at a loose end. Suddenly everything fell into place. I had this script for two years that I wanted to make with Irrfan in the lead. And look at the coincidence! Irrfan had his dates diary empty. He was on the look-out for a film that would interest him. I guess this project was destined to happen.”
The yet-to-be-titled Irrfan Khan starrer would be completed by March. Nishkant starts Rocky Handome with John Abraham from March 15. Says the director, “The Irrfan film is very much in the realistic space that I attempted in Dombivali Fast and Mumbai Meri Jaan. It’s real gritty and song-less, quite a culture shock for me after completing the Marathi film Lai Bhaari which is in the Rowdy Rathore space and has six songs.”
2014 will see three releases from Nishikant Kamat. “It just happened. The Irrfan starrer I am doing was never intended to start now. Then there is Rocky Handsome with John. My Marathi film Laal Bhaari with Riteish Deshmukh is also releasing this year. So I’ll have three films this year. I may disappear for three years after that.“