With an 18-year career in Bollywood that is filled with some of unusual choices of films that hold strong recall value, John Abraham is trying to cater both sections of audience – urban and mass. The actor says, he does not have the fear of failure and that drives him to take risks.
The actor is known for ‘Jism’,’Dhoom’, ‘Dostana’, ‘New York’, ‘Kabul Express’, to ‘Madras Cafe’, ‘Parmanu’, ‘Batla House’ and the latest released ‘Satyamev Jayate 2’.
While some of the above-mentioned films are very clearly commercial potboilers and some are much loved by the urban audience, asked if he has any strategy to make such choices, in conversation with IANS John opens his heart.
John told IANS : “I think the only strength that I have in my career since the beginning is, I have no fear of failure. Initially, there was a list of films that I did that were ahead of their time. So they did not work for the larger audience immediately after the release. I was ok with it. I also knew from the beginning that, every story has its set audience.
“If not instantly, eventually the story will find its audience. So, there are films that I did and that earned a lot of money at the box office, which wasn’t something I was expecting when I was making the film. I never put myself under pressure imagining the negative result of the end product. ‘Zyada se zyada kya hoga’, it won’t work for the audience, right? Ok, we will move on to the next film. I live film to film and keep moving on.”
His latest released film ‘Satyameva Jayate 2’, a Milap Zaveri directorial is a sequel to ‘Satyameva Jayate’.
How the new film picks up at the box office, one has to wait and watch.
Meanwhile, John shared some of the films that are very close to his heart.
‘Jism’: Released in 2003 the film received a lot of love and appreciation from the critics and audience alike. John said, “It will always remain a special film for me because it was my debut. My favourite song ‘Awarapan Banjarapan’! it was first time I got so much adulation from the audience. I realised how my long hair and physicality became a rage among youngstars but for me, back then, I was just a guy passionate about storytelling. Trust me, I am still the same.”
‘Dostana’: One of the most successful films that came out of Dharma Productions in 2008 featuring Abhishek Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra, the film had a humorous take on the gay relationships. “When I read the script, I just found it funny. I was laughing throughout the reading season. That was it for me to come on board and do the film. Yes, the rest is history! But I wasn’t very calculative about it. I was going with the flow,” said John.
‘Dhoom’: Released in 2004 the first instalment of the franchise John, who played the traditional ‘bad guy’, really changed the image of the villain. Again, his physicality and passion for bikes created a rage among a whole new generation due to the success of the film. “When I look back I wonder how that magic happened really because I am the bad guy, I had no track of love story or song picturised on my in the film.
“All I had is the character and my bike! While I couldn’t predict the end result of the film that turned out so successful, I would go back to my earlier point, I had no fear of failure. You see, that is the point, my driving force,” said the actor.
Quite interestingly in all these films that become cult, John has received a lot of appreciation for his strong screen presence and good looks. Be it his bare body, long hair look in ‘Jism’, flaunting his biceps and walking around the Miami beach in ‘Dostana’ and biking in ‘Dhoom’.
Does the good looks put him into the box of non-actor, in the eyes of the critics?
“Hey, but I am the same guy who did a film called ‘New York’, a very important story that was. I did ‘Water’, ‘Madras Cafe’ and ‘Kabul Express’ too. I did a film called ‘Zinda’, ‘Force’…well the list is long and I am not being defensive here. I am trying to say in the initial stage of my career when I did those films, ‘subtle acting’ was not a trend then. So, the performance wasn’t noticed perhaps but those films are still watched and loved! Now, I am trying to reach out to every section of the audience, my choice of films is a reflection of that”, John signed off.
Animal Actress Triptii Dimri To Star Opposite RajKummar Rao in Raaj Shaandilyaa’s Vicky Vidya Ka Woh Wala Video
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Vicky Vidya Ka Woh Wala Video is yet to go on floors. It is being produced by Bhushan Kumar’s T-series along with Raaj Shaandilyaa and Vimal Lahoti’s Thinkink Picturez.
Triptii made her acting debut with Poster Boys in 2017 and had her first lead role in the romantic drama Laila Majnu. However, the actress gained recognition for her role in the 2020 film Bulbbul, which was released on the streaming platform Netflix. Bulbbul is a supernatural drama film directed by Anvita Dutt.
Triptii then reunited with Dutt for their next home production Qala, which received positive reviews from critics and fans.
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Triptii plays the role of Zoya in the Sandeep Reddy Vanga-directorial and her performance has created quite a buzz on social media. Recently, she made headlines after her steamy sex scenes with Ranbir were leaked online.Opening up about working in the film with Ranbir, Triptii told an entertainment news portal, “It feels fantastic to see the amount of love audiences are showering on our chemistry. I hope we collaborate again in the future.”
Meanwhile, Triptii will also star opposite Vicky Kaushal in Mere Mehboob Mere Sanam. Helmed by Anand Tiwari, the film will also feature Ammy Virk. According to media reports, it is all set to release on February 23, 2024. Several hot and steamy scenes of Triptii and Vicky from the film were also leaked on social media platforms earlier.
With Rs.61 Crore, Ranbir Kapoor’s Animal Becomes Highest-Grossing Adult Film On Day 1 At Box Office
Animal, starring Ranbir Kapoor in the lead role, released in theatres on December 1, Friday, and it is safe to say that the film has shattered all box office records. It has opened with a loud bang at the box office as it has minted a staggering Rs 61 crore on its first day itself.
With this, Animal broke the records set by the biggest blockbusters of the year, Pathaan and Gadar 2.
As per reports, Animal earned Rs 50 crore on its first day from its Hindi version alone, while the remaining Rs 11 crore have come from the Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam versions of the film.
As Animal achieved the feat, it also went on to become the second biggest opener of of 2023, the first one being Jawan with Rs 75 crore.
Animal also clashed with Vicky Kaushal’s Sam Bahadur at the box office, but it seems to have no effect on the Sandeep Reddy Vanga directorial. Not just that, but it was granted an ‘Adults Only’ certificate by the Censor Board, and with the first day numbers, Animal might have just become the highest grossing ‘A’-rated opener till date.
The release of Animal has wrecked havoc at the box office with theatres being houseful and extra shows being added by the theatre owners early in the morning and post midnight to meet the high demand.
People were seen queueing up outside theatres at as early as 6 am on Friday, and given the buzz and the latest trends, the film is set to make and break some more records over the weekend.
Besides Ranbir, Animal also stars Anil Kapoor, Rashmika Mandanna, Bobby Deol and Triptii Dimri in key roles. The story revolved around the toxic relationship between a father and a son, and the lengths to which the latter goes to get the former’s validation. In Ranbir’s own words, it has to be the darkest and most violent film of his career.
Kangana Ranaut ‘Hopes’ PM Modi Watched Tejas As He Takes Sortie On Fighter Jet In Bengaluru
On November 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a sortie on a Tejas fighter jet, who is currently on a visit to defence public sector undertaking Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in Bengaluru.
Sharing the experience, Modi tweeted, “Successfully completed a sortie on the Tejas. The experience was incredibly enriching, significantly bolstering my confidence in our country’s indigenous capabilities, and leaving me with a renewed sense of pride and optimism about our national potential.”
Reacting to this, Kangana, who has starred in Tejas recently, ‘hoped’ that PM Modi has watched her film. She wrote, “We hope honourable Prime Minister @narendramodi ji saw our film #Tejas dedicated to made in Bharat fighter jet Tejas and our Indian Air Force. Those of you who missed it in the theatres, soon it will be available on @ZEE5India and @SonyLIV. Jai Hind.”
In Tejas, Ranaut played the lead role of IAF officer Tejas Gill, who is on a mission to rescue an Indian spy alongside Anshul Chauhan and Varun Mitra. Released in October 2023, the film did not do well at the box office.
On the work front, she was also seen in the Tamil comedy-horror sequel Chandramukhi 2, in which Kangana played the role of a dancer.
Next, the actress will be reuniting with her Tanu Weds Manu co-star, R. Madhavan for an untitled project. She also has her second directorial project, Emergency.
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