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John Abraham says: Next five years very defining for me

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John Abraham believes he is in the “purple patch” of his career, and rightfully so. The actor, who changed his big screen game from the time he turned producer, says his best is yet to come and that the next five years are “very defining” for him.

“Since the day I became a producer, my performance as an actor has seen a huge quantum leap and that’s simply because as an actor I wasn’t getting to do the films I really wanted to do or wanted the audience to see. So when I became a producer, not only did I start producing films like I did, but I also brought in something like ‘RAW’, for example, to act in,” John told IANS in an interview.

“RAW” is his latest movie, which sees him play multiple avatars in the role of a spy. It comes after the success scored by his films “Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran” and “Satyameva Jayate”.

“My best is yet to come. The next five years are very defining for me because I know what I have been researching on, I know what I have on hand and I know where I am going to take my production house JA Entertainment, myself as an actor and other actors who we have introduced in the industry, like Ayushmann Khurrana in ‘Vicky Donor’.

“I know we are going to get other actors in the industry and I know we are going to change the trajectory of the way people look at actors, scripts and films. That’s very important.”

His next projects include action thriller “Batla House”, around the 2008 Batla House encounter case. John is also set to work in a film that revolves around motorcycles, apart from planning an action franchise, as well as a football-oriented film “1911”. Adding a dash of fun in his filmography will be “Pagalpanti”.

“I think it’s a great time for me. It’s a purple patch for me. I say this not because of anything… I could have said this 15 years ago, but it never was. Today it is (a good time) because the audience preferences have finally come to the forefront. Filmmakers are succumbing to what the audience wants rather than throwing crap at the audiences and the audiences have become brave enough to through crap out of the window.

“So, it’s fantastic.”

Action is one genre John takes seriously.

“I want to change the way action heroes are seen in this country because I believe action heroes are not about six-pack abs, bulging biceps and stunts. They should have vulnerability and that’s what I think we miss to a large extent here (in India). That’s what I intend to change here in this country, and I will do it in my own way.

“There is also a series that we want to go on the digital medium with. We are working on it as of now,” he said, without giving out any further information.

As for “1911”, he said it is being developed actively.

“Nikkhil Advani will direct it. It will have an ensemble cast in it… It has me and another hero in it, and a few other characters in it. I think we will go on floors by the end of the year or beginning of early next year.”

Considering John is himself a football fanatic and owns Indian Super League (ISL) football team NorthEast United FC, can we expect to see some real sportsmen in the film?

Pat came the reply: “We want real footballers in it, but let’s open everything one at a time and let us throw some surprises on to you.”

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Alia Bhatt announces production house

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Actress Alia Bhatt has launched her production house Eternal Sunshine Productions. She has posted her company’s logo on Instagram along with the official announcement.

“And I am so happy to announce… PRODUCTION! Eternal Sunshine Productions. Let us tell you tales. Happy tales. Warm and fuzzy tales.  Real tales.  Timeless tales,” she wrote on Sunday night.

Alia Bhatt’s sister Shaheen too posted about the production house on her Instagram page. 

The news about Alia’s production house has been doing rounds since 2019 but nothing official was said about it so far.

Alia will soon be seen in filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Gangubai Kathiawadi” and also has “Brahmastra”, “RRR” and “Darlings” lined up over the next months.

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Ranbir Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra starrer ‘Animal’ on Dussehra 2022

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The Ranbir Kapoor-Parineeti Chopra starrer Animal will hit screens on Dussehra 2022. Members of the cast — Parineeti, Anil Kapoor and Bobby Deol — took to Twitter on Monday to confirm the release date.

“ANIMAL in cinemas Dussehra 2022!,” posted Parineeti, while Bobby, who is also part of the film tweeted: “ANIMAL starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Bobby Deol and Parineeti Chopra, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga to have a Dusshera 2022 release. Animal is produced by Bhushan Kumar, Pranay Reddy Vanga, Murad Khetani & Krishan Kumar.”

The film marks Sandeep Reddy Vanga’s return as director after the 2017 Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” and its equally popular Bollywood remake “Kabir Singh”.

“Animal” is a gangster drama that revolves around the ever-changing nature of the relationship shared by the characters where the protagonist becomes like an animal in nature.

Parineeti plays Ranbir’s wife in the film while Anil plays his father. According to reports, the film is expected to go on floors in June.

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Amitabh Bachchan thanks fans for concern over his health

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Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan has thanked fans who expressed concern following his blog announcement that he was undergoing a surgery.

The 78-year-old actor did not give out any details about the nature of the procedure or his medical condition, but unconfirmed sources have said he has undergone a cataract surgery.

Overwhelmed by fan concern, the actor posted three folded hand emojis on Twitter.

Big B’s current hospital trip follows last year’s hospitalisation after contracting Covid-19, along with son Abhishek, daughter-in-law Aishwarya, and grand-daughter Aaradhya. 

Amitabh has five releases lined up. He will be seen in Rumi Jafry’s psychological suspense drama Chehre, which also stars actor Emraan Hashmi and Rhea Chakraborty.

He is also shooting for Mayday, which has been directed by Ajay Devgn and also stars him and Rakul Preet Singh. He also has Jhund and Brahmastra as well as an untitled film where he shares the screen with Prabhas and Deepika Padukone.

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