‘I’M HAPPY I AM LAUNCHING NEWCOMERS’
Actor John Abraham says it is important to give freshers a chance to work in good films
Someone has to launch newcomers in strong content. I am glad I am doing it JOHN ABRAHAM, ACTOR AND FILMMAKER
John Abraham has been part of relatively fewer films in recent years. He was part of Rocky Handsome earlier this year, a film John is proud of in spite of its box office failure. He gets chatty about his work and why he makes films with newcomers.
Were you disappointed when Rocky Handsome did badly?
Of course, I can’t deny I was disappointed. When one puts one’s blood, sweat and energy into an endeavour, it’s frustrating when it doesn’t get the audience it deserves. We didn’t release the film at the right time, what with the T20 finals.
Is it important for you to work with directors whose style gels with your thinking?
Oh, absolutely. In the past, I’ve tried working with directors who are successful. But whose thought-processes are not compatible with mine.
Are you talking about Anees Bazmi and Welcome Back?
I am not disowning any of my films.
You like to promote newcomers...
Someone has to launch newcomers in strong content. I am glad I am doing it. I worked with Shoojit Sircar, Ayushmann Khurrana and now Tahir Raj Bhasin. Trust me, Tahir is brilliant as the antagonist in my next. He’ll make me so proud of him when he gets all the awards. Moreover he is a good boy.
You are a good boy yourself...
I think so. I am a very secure person. I don’t feel threatened by the presence of other co-stars.
You are now working in Rohit Dhawan’s directorial?
Yes, we did Desi Boys (2011) together and that was a lot of fun. Also,I feel it was a rare instance of an intelligent Bollywood comedy. I’ve a lot of faith in Rohit. He represents a progressive thought in the mainstream cinema.