“Someone told me ‘Now we have a new ‘John-re’ (genre) of films.”
For someone who wasn’t given much of a chance when he started a decade back with Jism, John Abraham has managed to make significant strides as an actor. Of late he has featured in commercial successes like Race 2 and Shootout at Wadala while Madras Cafe added to his reputation as an actor.
However, instead of signing more films in a flurry, John has decided to go a tad slow when it came to his acting assignments. He has decided to expand his production prospects after producing Vicky Donor and Madras Cafe. As a result, 2014 will see only one film of his release as an actor (Welcome Back) … but there are several interesting productions in the pipeline.
Expectations are of some ‘hatke’ yet commercial cinema from John and he has a number of films lined up, many of which star either newcomers or upcoming actors (like his first production success Vickey Donor and his next venture titled Banana).
Smiles John, “I like it when people tell me that even though you are so young, you are trying to bring in a change. People ask me how come I am so confident about roping in newcomers but I feel that if I don’t encourage newcomers, then who will? Even I was a complete newcomer when I started and an outsider as well. People showed trust in me. Today if I can be a flag bearer of change then let me respect that tag.”
“People know that I am institutionalising alternate cinema and making it commercial. In fact someone even told me that ‘Now we have a new ‘John-re’ (genre) of films. For me that came as the biggest compliment,” says a pleased-as-punch John.
- Joginder Tuteja, Bollywood News Service